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Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health

Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health

Teresa M. Paeschke (Editor), William R. Aimutis (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-813-81762-0

Nov 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

352 pages

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Featuring authors from academia as well as industry, this book provides a broad view of carbohydrates influencing digestive health. Part 1 is a general overview of carbohydrates that function as prebiotics or fermentable carbohydrates. Part 2 is a more in depth examination of specific carbohydrates for digestive health and applications. This book provides an in-depth review and thorough foundation for food scientists, product developers and nutrition scientists seeking to understand the digestive health implications of carbohydrates.

Key features:

  • Analyzes the most active fields of research currently performed on nondigestible carbohydrates
  • Focuses on the growing opportunity to deliver digestive health benefits through fibers and other novel carbohydrates
  • Authors include highly recognized researchers from academe and industry experts
  • Explores new possibilities in prebiotics and fermentable carbohydrates 


Chapter 1 Introduction to Fiber and Nondigestible Carbohydrates: Definition, Health Aspects, and Perspectives (Teri M. Paeschke and William R. Aimutis).

Chapter 2 The Gastrointestinal Tract and its Microflora (William R. Aimutis and Kayla Polzin).

Chapter 3 The Immunomodulatory Effects of Dietary Fiber and Prebiotics in the Gastrointestinal Tract (Marie-Claire Arrieta, Jon Meddings and Catherine J. Field).

Chapter 4 Lower Gut Hormones and Health Effects Associated with Consumption of Fermentable Fibers (Michael J. Keenan, Jun Zhou, Reshani Senevirathene, Marlene Janes and Roy J. Martin). 

Chapter 5 Animal, In Vitro, and Cell Culture Models to Study the Role of Dietary Fibers in the Gastrointestinal Tract of Humans (Trevor A. Faber and George C. Fahey, Jr.).

Chapter 6 Impact of Fiber on Gastrointestinal Microbiota (Koen Venema).

Chapter 7 Fermentable Carbohydrates and Digestive Health (Joanne Slavin). 

Chapter 8 Overview of Dietary Fiber and its Influence on Gastrointestinal Health (Devin J. Rose and Bruce R. Hamaker).

Chapter 9 Toward Second-Generation Carbohydrate Functional Food Ingredients (Robert A. Rastall).

Chapter 10 Whole Grains and Digestive Health (Isabel Bondia-Pons, Jenni Lappi, Emilia Selinheimo, Marjukka Kolehmainen, Hannu Mykk¨anen, and Kaisa Poutanen).

Chapter 11 Fermentability of Polydextrose, Resistant Maltodextrin, and Other Soluble Fibers: Prebiotic Potential (Maria Stewart).

Chapter 12 Development and Evaluation Bimuno­­­®, a Novel Second-Generation Prebiotic Galactooligosaccharide Mixture (George Tzortis).

Chapter 13 Concluding Remarks: Gastrointestinal Health and Nondigestible Carbohydrates (William R. Aimutis and Teri M. Paeschke).

Appendix Nondigestible Carbohydrates: Structure and Sources.