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Pectin From Apples Shown To Provide Beneficial Environment For Good Digestive Bacteria

January 20, 2010: 11:28 AM EST
Microbiologists in Denmark have found in controlled experiments that laboratory rats fed a diet rich in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had higher levels of certain “friendly” bacteria that improve intestinal health and may influence the risk for cancer. When apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, the researchers said, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. In addition, they produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall.
Tine R Licht, Max Hansen, et al., "Effects of apples and specific apple components on the cecal environment of conventional rats: role of apple pectin", BMC Microbiology, January 20, 2010, © BioMed Central
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