Bile Salts and Fiber

  • K. W. Heaton


Interest in the relationship between diet and bile salt metabolism is logical since the admixture in the gut of food and the circulating bile salt pool, in a real sense, is an interaction of the environment with the organism. Specifically, it is the exposure to an important environmental variable of substances which, on return to the liver, are able to modify liver metabolism profoundly. Fiber could well be the most important of all the food components in this respect because it traverses the entire gut. In particular, it influences the function of the colon, which is the organ wherein bile salts are degraded by bacteria to substances with very different properties.


Bile Acid Bile Salt Dietary Fiber Cholic Acid Chenodeoxycholic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. W. Heaton
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  1. 1.Bristol Royal InfirmaryBristolEngland

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