Energy contributions of volatile fatty acids from the gastrointestinal tract in various species.

  title={Energy contributions of volatile fatty acids from the gastrointestinal tract in various species.},
  author={E. N. Bergman},
  journal={Physiological reviews},
  volume={70 2},
  • E. N. Bergman
  • Published 1 April 1990
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Physiological reviews
The VFA, also known as short-chain fatty acids, are produced in the gastrointestinal tract by microbial fermentation of carbohydrates and endogenous substrates, such as mucus. This can be of great advantage to the animal, since no digestive enzymes exist for breaking down cellulose or other complex carbohydrates. The VFA are produced in the largest amounts in herbivorous animal species and especially in the forestomach of ruminants. The VFA, however, also are produced in the lower digestive… 

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