Recovery of inulin from Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) in the small intestine of man.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      The recovery of inulin, a naturally occurring β(2→l)-fructan isolated from Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.), in the small intestine of man was studied in ileostomy subjects. The ileostomists were given a low-dietary-fibre diet based on white wheat bread and virtually free of inulin, and the same diet with the addition of 10 g and 30 g inulin product respectively, and the recovery and mean transit time (MTT) of inulin were estimated by tracking inulin in ileal effluent. The recovery of inulin was approximately 87% at both ingestion levels. MTT was 4·9 (SE 0·6) h at an intake of 10 g inulin product decreasing to 3·4 (SE 0·3) h at an intake of 30 g Inulin product. A significant change in the fructose: glucose ratio of inulin from ingestion (4·1) to recovery in ileal effluent (4·5–4·7) and a lower recovery of the glucose residue than of the fructose residue of inulin indicate that the low-molecular-weight inulins are more sensitive to hydrolysis than the high-molecular-weight fragments. The loss of inulin during passage through the small intestine is presumably due to hydrolysis by either acids or enzymes and to microbial degradation by the microfiora permanently colonizing the distal small intestine. The concentrations of lactic acid (LA) and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) in frequently collected ileal effluents on the control day were approximately 6 mmol/l and approximately 55 mmol/l respectively. During periods with inulin ingestion the concentration of LA increased to 18–26 mmol/l (P < 0·052), while the concentration of SCFA ran converse and decreased to 18–32 mmol/l (P < 0·023). The osmotic loads (68 and 204 mosmol/l) associated with the ingestion of inulin product caused minor malabsorption of low-molecular-weight sugars. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
    • Abstract:
      Copyright of British Journal of Nutrition is the property of Cambridge University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)