Degradation and fermentation of fructo-oligosaccharides by oral streptococci.

  title={Degradation and fermentation of fructo-oligosaccharides by oral streptococci.},
  author={Ralf Hartemink and M C Quataert and Katrien M J van Laere and Martinus J. R. Nout and Frans M. Rombouts},
  journal={The Journal of applied bacteriology},
  volume={79 5},
Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are claimed to have a positive effect on the intestinal flora. They are being used in functional foods in Japan and Europe. This group have tested the degradation of two commercial FOS preparations by oral streptococci in order to predict the cariogenicity of these products. Both preparations could be fermented to some extent by the species of oral streptococci tested. The enzymes necessary for the degradation of FOS were inducible. Each strain showed a specific… CONTINUE READING

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