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Gut bacteria and oligofructose

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I have read this article Here

For those who do not like to read and prefer summaries, it is another study of obese mice. They fed obese mice some special prebiotics (oligofructose) so the amount of bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila increased. As a result, the mice lost some of its weight and reduced inflammation.

Here is a list of food rich in oligofructose:

Wheat (obviously, this is out, plus I got it off the Celiac website, they warn against it)

Onions

Garlic

Leeks

Yams

Chicory root

Artichoke (the root type, not the spiky globe)

Agave

Jicama

Bananas

Dandelion green

Has anybody tried eating more foods rich in oligofructose? Has it affected your weight?

Thanks!

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on July 28, 2013
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Thanks for answering. It's the only list I could find though.

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on July 28, 2013
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Well if beans do contain oligofructose then they would be a gluten free source. Beans would also likely affect one's weight (fat) and gut flora. They have enough fiber that the glucose response is very significantly blunted, leading to greater insulin sensitivity long term and favorable body comp. Lustig has more information on this. I just read a study of his the other day comparing blood glucose levels in two groups of kids. One group receiving 60g/d of fiber and the other 20g/d. The 60 had something like a 40% lower fasting glucose level after a few weeks I believe.

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Thanks for your answer. This is the only list I found though.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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Is oligofructose the only oligosaccharide that effects one's weight? Beans are high in some oligosacchardies and dietary bean intake may have favorable effects on weight as it pertains to metabolic syndrome is why I ask.

But to answer your question, no I haven't tried eating more foods rich specifically in oligofructose.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 28, 2013
at 07:18 PM

Thanks for answering. It's the only list I could find though.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 28, 2013
at 05:10 PM

Thanks for your answer. This is the only list I found though.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on July 28, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Well if beans do contain oligofructose then they would be a gluten free source. Beans would also likely affect one's weight (fat) and gut flora. They have enough fiber that the glucose response is very significantly blunted, leading to greater insulin sensitivity long term and favorable body comp. Lustig has more information on this. I just read a study of his the other day comparing blood glucose levels in two groups of kids. One group receiving 60g/d of fiber and the other 20g/d. The 60 had something like a 40% lower fasting glucose level after a few weeks I believe.

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