Fibre and Resistant Starch and Cancer
‘Dietary Fibre’ was defined in the 1970’s as ‘plant polysaccharides’ and lignin not digested by enzymes in the small intestine of man (Trowell et al., 1976). This ‘physiological’ definition is unsatisfactory for a number of reasons, and the development of several different (chemical) analytical methods for dietary fibre has drawn attention to the need for newer chemically specific terms (Marlett, 1990). ‘Non-Starch Polysaccharides’ is the term currently adopted in the United Kingdom, following the recommendation by a British Nutrition Foundation Taskforce that the term ‘Dietary Fibre’ be no longer used, at least by the scientific community (British Nutrition Foundation, 1990).
KeywordsDietary Fibre Resistant Starch Digestible Starch Human Small Intestine Plant Polysaccharide
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