Development of functional ingredients for gut health

Riitta Puupponen-Pimiä (Corresponding Author), Anna-Marja Aura, Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey, Päivi Myllärinen, Maria Saarela, Tiina Mattila-Sandholm, Kaisa Poutanen

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Microbial reactions in the gut have an essential role not only in gut health, but in general human health. The gut is the site of active fermentation of non-digestible diet components, as well as bioconversions and absorption of plant-derived compounds, such as phenolics. When developing nutritionally designed foods that promote health through gut microbial reactions, three different types of food ingredients can be used: living micro-organisms (probiotics), non-digestible carbohydrates (dietary fiber and prebiotics) and bioactive plant secondary metabolites (e.g. phenolics).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3 - 11
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • human health
  • gut microflora
  • gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota
  • phenolics
  • probiotics
  • prebiotics
  • dietary fibres

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