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Which vegetables for butyrate production?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Hi,

there are many sources that point out the benefits of butyrate for intestinal health. It seems dietary fiber is partly converted to butyrate by gut bacteria. Unfortunately I cant find any reference about the type of fiber which is optimal for this job. So which vegetables should one eat to boost butyrate production? And whats the deal with the low-FODMAP diet? Doesn't it consequently limit beneficial butyrate?

Thanks!

EDIT:

Due to my dairy allergy I seek butyrate sources except for butter & ghee. It seems every vegetable, which has a history of beeing the cause for bloating etc. is also a good butyrate producer!?

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on December 26, 2011
at 08:06 PM

The way I understood is, the more butyrate is absorbed through the colon, the less is finally excreted. So its difficult to conclude which food actually increases butyrate production, only from examining a stool sample. Either there has not been much created, or a lot was absorbed - both would give a negative stool test.

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on December 23, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Sounds like a plan to me! Thats exactly what I will do now.

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on December 23, 2011
at 05:43 PM

i would like an explanation of the difference

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on December 23, 2011
at 10:30 AM

Great article Melissa, thanks!

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on December 23, 2011
at 10:10 AM

Butter enema :)

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on December 23, 2011
at 09:01 AM

Alright, I mean the tissue concentration of butyrate in colon cells

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on December 23, 2011
at 03:06 AM

BE clear on what you are asking.....tissue concentration of butyrate in colon cells of in the expelled feces. There is a huge difference and their is research out there on both.

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on December 23, 2011
at 03:01 AM

(sigh) @Melissa-hgl I knew it was too good to be true!

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Re: the butter, unfortunately Lucas Tafur has informed me that dietary butyrate does not make it into the colon, so does not have the same potential benefits http://www.lucastafur.com/2011/10/bifidobacteria-butyrate-and.html

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on December 23, 2011
at 01:29 AM

That is the most definitive article on the subject I have found, and the comments add a lot of useful information as well, possibly more than the article itself.

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Unfortunately all the studies I've seen show different amounts of butyrate produced by different people in reaction to different things. For example, they tried to replicate butyrate levels normally seen in an Asian population in a Western population by feeding them the exact same thing and it didn't work. The best thing to do is trial different types of FODMAPs, like one week restrict all, then add in Galacto-Oligosaccarides/Fructo-oligosaccharides/one type of FODMAP or a specific vegetable you want to eat, and see if your symptoms come back. If they don't, congrads! You've found something that is a potential safe source of butyrate-producing fiber.

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on December 23, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Sounds like a plan to me! Thats exactly what I will do now.

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on December 22, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Stephan Guyenet has a nice article on this subject. Basically, eat whole foods containing fiber.

EDIT: brief excerpt: "Butter is 3-4 percent butyrate, the richest known source."

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 23, 2011
at 03:01 AM

(sigh) @Melissa-hgl I knew it was too good to be true!

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on December 23, 2011
at 10:30 AM

Great article Melissa, thanks!

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Re: the butter, unfortunately Lucas Tafur has informed me that dietary butyrate does not make it into the colon, so does not have the same potential benefits http://www.lucastafur.com/2011/10/bifidobacteria-butyrate-and.html

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on December 23, 2011
at 01:29 AM

That is the most definitive article on the subject I have found, and the comments add a lot of useful information as well, possibly more than the article itself.

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on December 23, 2011
at 10:10 AM

Butter enema :)

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on December 23, 2011
at 01:56 PM

The amount of nutrition we derive from in-gut fermentation is very minimal. We are not ruminants. The bulk of our gut bacteria reside beyond the regions that absorb nutrients.

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