The open access article “Health Effects and Sources of Prebiotic Dietary Fiber” was published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Following a brief review of the various definitions of prebiotic, the review article provides a summary of eight health benefits of prebiotic dietary fiber including the following:
Carlson, et al., reports that while fructo-oligosaccharides, gluco-oligosaccharides, and inulin have historically been considered to be prebiotic fibers, additional categories of dietary fibers that promote digestive health include beta-glucan, isomaltooligosaccharides, guar gum, lactulose, resistant starches and maltodextrins, xylooligosaccharides and arabinooligosaccharides. Additional information on specific fibers, including scientific substantiation of benefits, is available here.
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