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Academic Scientists Develop Fiber-Snack Formulations That Promote A Healthy Gut

June 28, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
A Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.) study funded by NIH and snack food company Mondelēz International identified ingredients for snack food prototypes formulated to deliberately change the gut microbiome in ways that can be linked to health. In two pilot human studies of overweight participants, researchers showed that snacks containing combinations of specifically selected fiber types benefit elements of the microbiome involved in metabolizing fiber components. The researchers, who have since applied for patents for the fiber-snack recipes discussed in the study, said they are working to develop a “new generation of snack food formulations that people will like to eat and that will support a healthy gut microbiome that affects many aspects of wellness.”
Julia Evangelou Strait-Wustl, "Fiber could be key to snacks that are good for gut bacteria", Futurity.org, June 28, 2021, © Futurity
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