Dietary Fiber pp 179-186 | Cite as

Fiber Metabolism and Colonic Water

  • Elizabeth F. Armstrong
  • W. Gordon Brydon
  • Martin Eastwood


The physiology of the colon is difficult to investigate, partly because structure and function vary between species and findings in experimental animals are not necessarily applicable to man (Phillips, 1988). In addition, differences in ileal effluent that are dependent on diet and biliary secretions and bacterial metabolism in the colon result in feces that can vary both qualitatively and quantitatively (Eastwood et al., 1984).


Dietary Fiber Wheat Bran Cecal Content Colonic Content Pimelic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth F. Armstrong
    • 1
  • W. Gordon Brydon
    • 1
  • Martin Eastwood
    • 1
  1. 1.Wolfson Gastrointestinal Laboratories, Department of MedicineUniversity of Edinburgh, Western General HospitalEdinburghScotland

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