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The researchers subjected rats and mice to diets enriched with fermentable fibers, or with propionate or butyrate and observed a strong induction of the expression of genes and enzymes responsible for the synthesis of glucose in the intestine.
The benefits of fiber against colon cancer were closely associated to both the fermentative and the non-fermentative processes, where the poorly fermentable fibers were regarded to be more influential [3].
These profiles include the digestible carbohydrates, the starches and the fermentable fibers that reach the large bowel.