Journal article

Variability in Fine Structures of Noncellulosic Cell Wall Polysaccharides from Cereal Grains: Potential Importance in Human Health and Nutrition

Helen M Collins, Rachel A Burton, David L Topping, Ming-Long Liao, Antony Bacic, Geoffrey B Fincher

Cereal Chemistry | WILEY | Published : 2010


Noncellulosic polysaccharides from the cell walls of cereal grains are not digested by human small intestinal enzymes and so contribute to total dietary fiber intake. These polysaccharides are becoming recognized increasingly for their potential to lower the risk of serious diet-related conditions such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and diverticular disease. The effectiveness of noncellulosic cell wall polysaccharides in improving health outcomes is related to the fine structure and associated physicochemical properties. The two most nutritionally relevant wall polysaccharides of cereal grains are the arabinoxylans and the (1-3,1-4)-β-d-glucans. These polysac..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work has been supported by grants from the Australian Research Council, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund. We thank Hunter Laidlaw for preparation of Fig. 1B.