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GERIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY , SERIES # 9 Dietary Fiber : Its Role in Older Adults

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  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
43 WHAT IS FIBER? Historically, fiber was defined by Burkitt and Trowell as complex carbohydrates of plant origin that escape small bowel digestion to reach the colon (1,2). An expert panel in the United States defined dietary fiber as the endogenous component of plant material in the diet that is resistant to digestion by enzymes. Simply stated, fiber is plant material in the diet resistant to digestion in the human upper gastro-intestinal tract. Fiber is the ingredient providing structure and… 

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