RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DIETARY FIBER STRUCTURAL FEATURES AND GROWTH AND UTILIZATION PATTERNS OF HUMAN GUT BACTERIA

Abstract

Intake of dietary fiber is considered an essential strategy to influence gut microbiota, which is associated with many diet-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel diseases. In order to make a better choice of dietary fiber for a desired microbiota shift related to a health outcome, knowledge of fiber degradation and utilization by gut bacteria is critical. However, it is still unclear how specific dietary fiber structures may influence the growth of target bacteria

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