A combined 13CO2/H2 breath test can be used to assess starch digestion and fermentation in humans.

@article{Symonds2004AC1,
  title={A combined 13CO2/H2 breath test can be used to assess starch digestion and fermentation in humans.},
  author={Erin L Symonds and Stamatiki Kritas and T Omari and Ross N. Butler},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={2004},
  volume={134 5},
  pages={1193-6}
}
Ingestion of starch from corn (naturally enriched with (13)C) should produce (13)CO(2) after small intestinal digestion and (13)CO(2) and H(2) from colonic fermentation. This study used a combined (13)CO(2)/H(2) breath test to assess the digestion and fermentation of resistant starch and to show that the test could detect changes in digestibility due to cooking. Volunteers consumed 40 g digestible cornstarch with water (n = 8), or 40 g resistant cornstarch in liquid (n = 12) or cooked into a… CONTINUE READING

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