Alginate as a source of dietary fiber

I. A. Brownlee*, A. Allen, J. P. Pearson, P. W. Dettmar, M. E. Havler, M. R. Atherton, E. Onsøyen

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Abstract

Alginate, an algal polysaccharide, is widely used in the food industry as a stabilizer, or as a thickening or emulsifying agent. As an indigestible polysaccharide, alginate may also be viewed as a source of dietary fiber. Previous work has suggested that dietary fibres may protect against the onset and continuation of a number of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases. This article aims to examine what is currently understood about the fiber-like activities of alginate, particularly its effects on intestinal absorption and the colon, and therefore aims to gauge the potential use of alginate as a dietary supplement for the maintenance of normal health, or the alleviation of certain cardiovascular or gastrointestinal diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-510
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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