The contribution of the large intestine to energy supplies in man.

@article{McNeil1984TheCO,
  title={The contribution of the large intestine to energy supplies in man.},
  author={N I McNeil},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={1984},
  volume={39 2},
  pages={338-42}
}
  • N I McNeil
  • Published 1984 in The American journal of clinical nutrition
Herbivores obtain a considerable proportion of energy requirements from carbohydrate by the chain of anaerobic carbohydrate fermentation producing short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed then metabolized. The evidence for this sequence occurring in the large intestine of man is reviewed and estimated to produce 5 to 10% of human energy requirements. Further small amounts of energy may come from large intestinal absorption of fat and the bacterial breakdown products of protein. 

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