This article is another one that practically wrote itself one afternoon – it is actually a Letter to the Editor
Title: Insoluble fiber and intestinal microbiota metabolism
Author: C Brotherton
Journal: Journal of Gastroenterology
Date: April 2015
For full text of my article, click HERE
The purpose for my article was to call attention to an unfounded bias against insoluble fiber in some research articles. I wrote the letter in response to a statement made in a research article, and that article is available by clicking HERE.
The statement to which I was compelled to respond was this:
The truth is that cellulose and wheat bran do ferment, just at a lower percent (34%) compared to some other fibers. However, the fermentation that occurs when cellulose and wheat bran are eaten, happens farther along in the digestive tract. This truth is AMAZING for someone like me who needs short-chain fatty acids at the very end of my digestive tract. Short-chain fatty acids are products of fiber fermentation, and shifting fermentation further down the tract delivers these healing substances to just the right point of need for this Crohn’s-diseased colon.