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Prebiotic fibres, an Asian perspective

Professor Bob Rastall, Head of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, spoke at the ILSI Region Conference in Singapore. Within this year’s overall conference’s theme ‘The Gut, its Microbes and Health - new knowledge and applications for Asia’, he introduced the concept of prebiotic metabolism as well as the science supporting prebiotics.
Professor Robert Rastall, Head of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and member of the virtual network of minds of the BENEO-Institute:
 “The colonic microbiota is a complex dynamic ecosystem. As the historically available methods helping to obtain data have proven to be unreliable for its complexity, it is time to use modern methods. Additionally, there is often a lack in scientific studies showing health benefits in human population coupled with studies on gut microbiota. Robust data can be gained with studies conducted with fructans, either inulin or oligofructose and galacto-oligosaccharides.” 
Professor Bob Rastall provides a substantiated guidance on questions regarding prebiotics and their benefits also through his close collaboration with BENEO-Institute, which plays a significant role in research and development in the field of nutritional science.

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