Handbook of Prebiotics (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Glenn R. Gibson, Marcel Roberfroid
CRC Press, Jan 29, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 504 pages
0 Reviews
In order to achieve optimal digestion, absorption, and nutritional health, we must have appropriate populations of positive microflora. Prebiotics are functional foods that improve health by fortifying indigenous probiotics within the gut. This fast-growing area of nutrition and microbiology is rapidly amassing data and answering many questions about the necessity and benefit of such functional foods.

Gathering contributions from leading experts in a range of disciplines, Handbook of Prebiotics presents a balanced view of the current knowledge in many different areas of the field. It discusses concept, definition and criteria for classification of a food component as prebiotics It then describes interactions with gut microbiota. Highlighting varying levels of evidence and agreement, the book presents current arguments for and against prebiotic intake. Contributions discuss the biomechanics of prebiotics and their effects on immune status, serum lipid concentrations, mineral bioavailability, and satiety modulation. They consider the health implications of prebiotic intake such as reduced incidence of gastroenteritis and chronic pathogenic gut disorders, including intestinal cancers and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Providing well-rounded coverage, the book explores the varying effects of prebiotics in different populations and age groups such as infants and the elderly, as well as livestock and pets. The final chapters describe food avenues and the safety implications for prebiotic use. Spanning several disciplines including food science, nutrition, microbiology, biotechnology, and the health sciences, this seminal work makes a point to include sound research science and well-balanced views on the potential of prebiotics for promoting good health.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Prebiotics in Nutrition
1
Chapter 2 Gastrointestinal Microflora and Interactions with Gut Mucosa
13
Concept Definition Criteria Methodologies and Products
39
Review of Experiemental and Human Data
69
Mechanisms of Action
93
A Review of Experiemental and Human Data
105
Chapter 7 Immune Functions and Mechanisms in the Gastrointestinal Tract
115
Review of Experimental and Human Data
143
Review of Experimental and Human Data
295
Chapter 16 Prebiotics and Cancer Therapy
329
Chapter 17 Pathophysiology of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
341
Chapter 18 Prebiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
375
Chapter 19 Prebiotics and Infant Nutrition
393
The Concept of Healthy Ageing
405
Chapter 21 Prebiotics and Animal Nutrition
421
Chapter 22 Food Applications of Prebiotics
437

Chapter 9 Triacylglycerols and Cholesterol Metabolism
163
Review of Experimental and Human Data
201
Specific Focus on GlucagonLike Peptide1
219
Chapter 12 Prebiotics and Modulation of Gastrointestinal Peptides
247
Chapter 13 Designing Studies and Rodent Models for Studying Prebiotics for Colorectal Cancer Prevention
263
The Role of Prebiotics
285
Chapter 23 Prebiotics and Food Safety
449
Chapter 24 Concluding Remarks
471
Index
475
Back cover
487
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information