Intra-caecal short chain fatty acids are altered by dietary pectin in the rat.


When Dark Agouti rats were changed from a conventional pellet diet containing 3.3% crude fibre and 4% fat to the experimental diet containing 5% pectin and 17% fat, the levels of n-butyrate in the caecum rapidly decreased more than fivefold. Such a change could be important as n-butyrate is known to be a major energy source for colonocytes, and to affect… (More)


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