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Abstract

Little is known about the various physiological effects of the great number of bioactive plant cell wall components, which are present in unrefined food. This workshop focuses on inositol phospates and phytosterols in foods. One characteristic of inositol phophates is the ability to combine with metal ions, which may have direct or indirect nutritional and physiological consequences. While interference with metal absorption is the main characteristic of inositol phosphates, the effect of phytosterol is related to cholesterol absorption, with relevance to coronary heart disease prevention. However, other health effects could be expected from unabsorbed as well as absorbed components or degradation products of these bioactive substances. Thus, anti-carcinogenic and/or effects on coagulation systems could be expected from experimental studies. Moreover, the concerns of diets high in inositol phosphates and phytosterols will be discussed as well.

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Authors: SANDBERG A S, ;ANDERSSON H, ;AMADO R, ;SCHLEMMER U, ;SERRA F (EDITORS),
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19216 EN (2000), 151pp.
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7444-3
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