Some fibrous foods may protect against Salmonella and E. coli

August 6, 2008

Source of Article: http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/Newsletters/weekly/nl_080608.htm

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that konjac gum and sesame seed extract could give protection against E. coli and Salmonella bacteria.

The Wageningen University and Research Centre study, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, demonstrated that the bacteria attached themselves to the foods instead of the gut cells of the host.

Yeast, tomato and pumpkin were also shown to have some beneficial effects. However, sesame seed extract and konjac gum had the greatest number of adhered bacteria.

Study Abstract

 

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