New findings on fiber intake in children
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Fibre is an essential component of the human diet that is crucial for human health, the physiological and functional effects of dietary fibre are associated with a wide range of short-term and long-term health benefits. Fibre provides an energy source for the gut microbiome. The fermentation of fibre by the gut microbiome results in the production of a variety of compounds with short-term and long-term health benefits that extend beyond the gut, to the immune system and organs such as the liver, kidneys and even the brain. The short-term benefits include supporting the immune system, especially within the gut itself, preventing or ameliorating autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, inflammatory arthritis, inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders and allergic disease.
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