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?
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 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.
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."