Category Archives: Fibre

The Post-Antibiotic Era: Probiotics and Predatory Bacteria

It is undeniable that the advent of antibiotics saved a large number of lives of people who would otherwise have died of bacterial infection. Penicillin was the first widely available antibiotic, but since this time a large number of antibiotics … Continue reading

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Short Chain Fatty Acids May Reduce Appetite

There exists a highly complex negative feedback loop for appetite regulation. This feedback loop ensures that no overeating occurs and this helps maintain body weight within a set range. The hormones and nerve signals that regulate this feedback loop are … Continue reading

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More On Fruit Juice and Fibre

Fruit juice is increasingly being evidenced to be as detrimental to the health as soft drinks. The reason for this relates to the fact that both are concentrated sources of sugar. Sugar is detrimental to the health because it contains … Continue reading

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Is Fibre an Essential Nutrient?

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Do We All Respond Differently to β-glucan Fibre? Genetic Individuality

Beta-glucan fibre is a soluble fibre found in a number of cereal grains including oats and barley. It has been suggested that β-glucan fibre is responsible for many of the health effects associated with consumption of these cereal grains. In … Continue reading

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Fibre: Variety is Important

Literature continues to accumulate as to the health benefits of dietary fibre. This research is often complex and difficult to interpret, and part of this is due to the large amount of different compounds that are defined as dietary fibre. … Continue reading

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Resistant Starch: Metabolic Effects (In Mice)

Resistant starch is a name given to a group of foodstuffs that are classified as dietary fibre but are known to be fermentable in the gut. While previously it was thought that dietary fibres were not digested and absorbed in … Continue reading

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More Benefits for High Fibre Diets?

Fibre is a heterogeneous group of non-digestible carbohydrates that show beneficial health effects. Broadly fibre is divided into soluble and insoluble fibre types, but in reality these groups do not accurately describe the wide variety of dietary fibres frequently ingested … Continue reading

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Carbohydrate Terminology

Within different scientific disciplines, terminology shows variety. The terminology surrounding carbohydrates in science and nutrition is an interesting example, and possibly worthy of further consideration. To a biochemist for example, a carbohydrate is an organic molecule containing carbon, hydrogen and … Continue reading

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure

Nutrition is all about preventing ill health and disease. The most obvious examples of this are the nutritional deficiency diseases that result from intakes of essential nutrients that are too low. There exists a threshold for a number of dietary … Continue reading

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