Special Issue "Plant-Derived Dietary Fiber and Gut Microbiota Regulation"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2023 | Viewed by 97

Special Issue Editor

College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China
Interests: food nutrition; food toxicology; bioactive compounds; dietary fiber; cognitive function; intestinal health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dietary fibers are mainly found in plants and plant-derived foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and cereals. Dietary fibers include various types of carbohydrate polymers that cannot be digested nor absorbed by the human small intestine. They can be subdivided into insoluble and soluble forms. Most insoluble forms have a fecal bulking effect, and most soluble fibres give rise to viscous gels in the gastrointestinal tract. Both of their presence have major impacts on gut microbiota composition, diversity, and richness. Gut microbiota constitutes a complex community that interacts with each other and with the host to regulate many key biological processes essential for health. In recent decades, epidemiological evidence demonstrated the low intake of dietary fibers and the increased amounts of fat and sugar in Western-style diets, may partially contribute to the depletion of specific bacterial taxa, which disturb gut microbiota balance, and may result in dysfunctions, leading to the increase in the development of chronic inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, intestinal bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer (CRC), allergies, and autoimmune diseases. Nowadays, although the fact that physicochemical properties of various dietary fibers differ greatly depending on their origin and processing has been uncovered, it is essential to screen novel plant-derived fibres aiming at replenishing the gut microbiome and understand their potential mechanisms on gut microbiota-associated human diseases.

Dr. Chunxia Xiao
Guest Editor

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  • dietary fiber
  • soluble dietary fiber
  • insoluble dietary fiber
  • gut microbiota
  • prebiotic
  • SCFAs
  • butyrate
  • nutrition
  • gut health
  • inflammation

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