The Effects of Undigestible Fructooligosaccharides on Intestinal Microflora and Various Physiological Functions on Human Health

  • Hidemasa Hidaka
  • Masao Hirayama
  • Takahisa Tokunaga
  • Toshiaki Eida
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 270)


Fructooligosaccharides , containing 1-kestose (GF2), nystose (GF3) and fructofuranosylnystose (GF4), are found undigestible and to be selectively utilized by beneficial intestinal bacteria, particularly by Bifidobacteria. An increased population of beneficial intestinal bacteria would help to improve constipation to reduce the production of putrefactive substances .


Intestinal Bacterium Intestinal Microflora Clostridium Perfringens Serum Total Cholesterol Level Bifidobacterium Longum 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidemasa Hidaka
    • 1
  • Masao Hirayama
    • 1
  • Takahisa Tokunaga
    • 1
  • Toshiaki Eida
    • 1
  1. 1.Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd.Bio Science LaboratoriesSaitamaJapan

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