Gut reactions: how dietary fibre interacts with the microbiome
The food we eat, particularly plant-based fibre, influences the composition and metabolic activity of the dense and diverse microbial community living in our guts, called the microbiome. This in turn has an impact on a number of health conditions. The interaction between dietary fibre and the microbiome is under the spotlight as it could offer an avenue to maintain or improve the microbiome.
TYPES OF FIBRE
Edible plants contain insoluble and soluble fibre, including cellulose, lignin and non-starch polysaccharides such as pectins.
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