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Title: Healthy carbohydrates

item Hotchkiss, Arland
item Nunez, Alberto

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/6/2013
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Functional foods include dietary fiber consisting of health-promoting carbohydrates. We have produced novel prebiotics from orange peel and observed that they extend the shelf life of probiotic bacteria in synbiotics. Some pectic-oligosaccharides and xyloglucan-oligosaccharides also have anti-adhesive activity against E. coli and Campylobacter jejuni. These oligosaccharides have potential to prevent food-borne pathogen attachment to epithelial cells and urinary tract infections. Low molecular weight pectins also have anti-cancer and immune-stimulation activity, and are currently used in clinical trials to prevent congestive heart failure via a galectin-3 mechanism.