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Short Chain Fatty Acids in the Colon and Peripheral Tissues: A Focus on Butyrate, Colon Cancer, Obesity and Insulin Resistance

Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Nutrients 2017, 9(12), 1348; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9121348
Received: 19 October 2017 / Revised: 30 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 12 December 2017
Increased dietary fiber consumption has been associated with many beneficial effects, including amelioration of obesity and insulin resistance. These effects may be due to the increased production of short chain fatty acids, including propionate, acetate and butyrate, during fermentation of the dietary fiber in the colon. Indeed, oral and dietary supplementation of butyrate alone has been shown to prevent high fat-diet induced obesity and insulin resistance. This review focuses on sources of short chain fatty acids, with emphasis on sources of butyrate, mechanisms of fiber and butyrate metabolism in the gut and its protective effects on colon cancer and the peripheral effects of butyrate supplementation in peripheral tissues in the prevention and reversal of obesity and insulin resistance. View Full-Text
Keywords: butyrate; short chain fatty acids; obesity; type 2 diabetes butyrate; short chain fatty acids; obesity; type 2 diabetes
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McNabney, S.M.; Henagan, T.M. Short Chain Fatty Acids in the Colon and Peripheral Tissues: A Focus on Butyrate, Colon Cancer, Obesity and Insulin Resistance. Nutrients 2017, 9, 1348.

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