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Revista chilena de nutrición

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BUSTOS A, Edson  and  MEDINA P, Alexis. Recommendations and effects of dietary fiber for children. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.3, pp.457-462. ISSN 0717-7518.

Among adults, the influence of dietary fiber on mechanical effects at the gastrointestinal level, the composition and modulation of the intestinal microbiota and function in the metabolic and nutritional activity is known. However, in children and adolescents, these effects are less known, generating interesting areas of research and development that could provide additional knowledge at the physiological and pathophysiological level. The aim of this review was to provide updated information about the different classifications of fiber, the principal digestive and metabolic functions, as well as recommendations for daily intake for pediatric populations.

Keywords : Children; Dietary fiber; Gastrointestinal health; Insoluble fiber; Soluble fiber; Whole grains.

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