Gut Microbiota & Dietary Fiber

The large intestine has the biggest number of microbiota, and volunteer studies have shown that dietary intake has an important effect on the composition of human gut microbiota. The type of non-digestible (ND) carbohydrate (plant fiber and resistant starch) have been established to alter the microbiota composition of the gut, and these changes occur within few days. Prebiotics based on ND carbohydrate are popular and used to stimulate the growth and activity of the microbiota for the aim of benefiting health.

As the lower gut produces different hormones to help the body regulate optimum health conditions, it stands to reason that making adequate amounts of dietary fiber as a part of everyday diet is essential for better overall wellness.