Presenting a balanced, research-based view, this handbook discusses the biomechanics of prebiotics and their effects on immune status and other health implications such as reduced incidence of gastroenteritis and chronic pathogenic gut disorders. The book explores the varying effects of prebiotics in different populations and age groups and describes potential food avenues and the safety implications for prebiotic use.
Table of Contents General Introduction: Prebiotics in Nutrition. Gastrointestinal Microflora and Interactions with Gut Mucosa. Prebiotics: Concept, Definition, Criteria, Methodologies, and Products. The Prebiotic Effect: Review of Experimental and Human Data. Effects of Prebiotics on Mineral Absorption: Mechanisms of Action. Prebiotics and the Absorption of Minerals: A Review of Experimental and Human Data. Immune Functions and Mechanisms in the Gastrointestinal Tract. Prebiotics and the Immune System: Review of Experimental and Human Data. Triacylglycerols and Cholesterol Metabolism, Prebiotics and Lipid Metabolism: Review of Experimental and Human Data. Endocrinology of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Modulation of Satiety: Specific Focus on Glucagon-Like Peptide. Prebiotics and Modulation of Gastrointestinal Peptides. Designing Studies and Rodent Models for Studying Prebiotics for Colorectal Cancer Prevention. Colorectal Cancer Prevention: The Role of Prebiotics. Prebiotics and Reduction of Risk of Carcinogenesis: Review of Experimental and Human Data. Prebiotics and Cancer Therapy. Pathophysiology of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Prebiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Prebiotics and Infant Nutrition. Prebiotics and Nutrition in the Elderly: The Concept of Healthy Ageing. Prebiotics and Animal Nutrition. Food Applications of Prebiotics. Prebiotics and Food Safety. Concluding Remarks. Index