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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Xylooligosaccharides: Production, Applications And Effects On Human Health [xilooligossacarídeos: Produção, Aplicações E Efeitos Na Saúde Humana]
Author: De Menezes C.R.
Durrant L.R.
Abstract: Xylooligosaccharides are non-conventional sugars (sugar oligomers made of xylose units), non-calorics and non-digestible by humans. They are recognyzed as prebiotics once there are non digestible food ingredient that stimulate selectively probiotic growth like Lactobacillus sp. and Bifidobacterium bifidum, promoting several benefices to the human health as the reduction of the gut constipation, the increase of the digestion and nutrient absorption, prevention of gastrointestinal infections, and the inhibition of pathogenic microorganisms. This article reviews the production of xylooligosaccharides from lignocellulosic materials (by chemical or enzymatic methods) and its end products, as well as their application as food ingredients, with special attention to the beneficial effects caused on health by these types of compounds.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0103-84782008000200050
Date Issue: 2008
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