Handbook of Prebiotics and Probiotics Ingredients: Health Benefits and Food Applications

Edited by Susan Sungsoo Cho, Terry Finocchiaro 
CRC Press  November 2009  

Hardback  454 pp  ISBN 9781420062137      £102.00
While there is little dispute that probiotics and prebiotics, alone and together, have been proven to promote gastrointestinal health and proper immune function, the challenge faced by researchers is finding not only the right combinations, but also finding those that are fully compatible with the formulation, processing, packaging, and distribution of functional foods. This book comprehensively explores these variables and highlights the most current biological research and food applications.

In this volume, a team of experts offers insight into the many facets of these products, describing the prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic applications in use today as well as those currently being studied. The book first examines the sources of prebiotics and probiotics and then describes the physiological functions of both products. The contributors discuss promising applications for a plethora of disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric diarrhea, cancer, and various chronic diseases.


Analysis of Dietary Fiber and Nondigestible Carbohydrates.

Short-Chain Fructo-Oligosaccharide: A Low-Molecular-Weight Fructan.
Inulin and Oligosaccharides: A Special Focus on Human Studies.
Functional Disaccharides: Lactulose, Lactitol, and Lactose.
Natural Resistant Starches as Prebiotics and Synbiotics.

AGE, ALE, RAGE, and Disease€A Food Perspective.

Lactic Acid Bacteria and Plant Fibers: Treatment in Acute and Chronic Human Disease.
Probiotics: Recent Human Studies Using Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota.

Prebiotics and Lipid Metabolism.
Fermentation of Prebiotics and Short-Chain Fatty Acid Production.
Probiotics and Prebiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Prebiotics and Probiotics in Pediatric Diarrheal Disorders.
Anticarcinogenic Effects of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics.
Prebiotics and Probiotics in Infant Formulae.
Probiotics and Prebiotics in Elderly Individuals.
Prebiotics and Probiotics in Companion Animal Nutrition.
Probiotics: Potential Pharmaceutical Applications.


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