One of the mechanisms by which gut microbiota impacts human health is its capacity to produce metabolites.
Our diet is a key factor in driving gut microbiota composition and microbial metabolites, including the most important ones, short-chain fatty acids.
The microbial conversion of dietary fiber and non-digestible carbohydrates such as prebiotics* in the gut results in the synthesis of these short-chain fatty acids.
Watch the video to learn why data suggests that increasing short-chain fatty acid production with prebiotics* could be a valuable strategy in supporting our health.
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*The scientific definition of a prebiotic is “A substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit.” Gibson, GR., et al. Expert consensus document: The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug;14(8): 491–502. Whether the claim prebiotic can be used on consumer products depends on local legislation.