11 Jul Health benefits of fibre from different plant sources
In the Netherlands, over 1 million people suffer from chronic bowel disorders, one major factor of this being that people do not eat sufficient fibre.
However, research in recent years has indicated that the story is more complex. Not only the amount of fibre but also the mix from different plant sources will determine the beneficial effects. This mixture serves as a substrate for bacteria in the gut-microbiome. These bacteria produce small bio-active components that have positive effects on the fat and protein metabolism as well as on the immune response. They also lower the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
More research, however, is necessary to substantiate these effects. Within its aim of better utilising plant sources in a sustainable way, Keep Food Simple is delighted to have found considerable interest from our partners in Maastricht and Wageningen Universities, and we are also actively approaching food producing companies to participate. At this moment we are looking into funding opportunities. So, if you feel able to participate, please contact Dr Flip van Straaten by e-mail.
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