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Study Finds That Snacks Can Be Fortified With Gut-Friendly Fiber

July 7, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
With a view toward developing prebiotic (fiber-rich) snacks that support a healthy gut, Mondelēz partly funded a study at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, Mo.) to investigate the dynamic relationship between the modern diet, gut microorganisms, and their effect on physical and mental wellbeing. In tests in both mice and humans, the researchers found that the more types of fiber introduced into the diet, the greater the abundance of bacterial genes that play a role in fiber metabolism. This in turn increased the levels of proteins in the blood involved in glucose metabolism, immunity, blood coagulation, blood vessel function, and the biology of bone and nerve cells. The study, published in Nature, proved that in principle fiber can be incorporated into a variety of snack formats that will benefit consumers, even those accustomed to a low-fiber diet.
Gill Hyslop, "Study reveals the multifaceted benefits of prebiotic snacks fortified with sustainable sources of fiber", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 07, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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