Faecal Bulking and Energy Value of Dietary Fibre

  • E. Wisker
  • W. Feldheim
Part of the ILSI Human Nutrition Reviews book series (ILSI HUMAN)


At first sight there seems to be no correlation between the effect of dietary fibre on faecal bulking and the energy which may be provided to the human metabolism or which may be lost due to the ingestion of dietary fibre. However, an increased consumption of fibre leads to increased stool weights, and thereby also to elevated losses of energy containing organic material. On the other hand, fibre may provide energy, because the short chain fatty acids which result from the fermentation, can be absorbed.


Combustion Cellulose Fermentation Starch Corn 


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