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Role of Soluble and Insoluble Polysaccharides in Omnivore and Carnivores Nutrition: A Review

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In recent years both in human and animal nutrition there is a growing interest towards the beneficial effects of complex polysaccharides in health, as well as the popularity of functional foods. Some fermentable carbohydrates can be defined prebiotics, non-digestible ingredients that play a beneficial role in health, stimulating the growth and/or metabolic activity of desirable bacterial species already resident in the colon. Alternative and innovative carbohydrates sources were researched. As a result, less digestible carbohydrates and ingredients with a low glycaemic index and/or rich in slowly fermentable carbohydrates and/or in soluble fiber (whole barley, spelt and oats and fruits) have received attention by human and veterinary diabetologists.
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Keywords: DIETARY FIBER; FUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES; SOLUBLE AND INSOLUBLE POLYSACCHARIDES; TECHNOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 01 December 2013

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  • Journal of Nutritional Ecology and Food Research is an international journal which publishes peer-reviewed articles on food production and consumption, with regard to health, environment, society and economy. The scope is thus broad, articles being focused on significant novel research in human and animal nutrition, food science and technology, food marketing and transportation. In addition, articles on food and identity, agriculture and sustainability, are also welcome. The journal only publishes novel, high quality review papers, original research papers, short communications, concerning all aspects of food and nutrition. It is journal policy to publish special issues on topical and emergent subjects of nutrition and food research or related areas.
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