Impact of whole grains on the gut microbiota: The next frontier for oats?

Devin J. Rose

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The gut microbiota plays important roles in proper gut function and can contribute to or help prevent disease. Whole grains, including oats, constitute important sources of nutrients for the gut microbiota and contribute to a healthy gut microbiome. In particular, whole grains provide NSP and resistant starch, unsaturated TAG and complex lipids, and phenolics. The composition of these constituents is unique in oats compared with other whole grains. Therefore, oats may contribute distinctive effects on gut health relative to other grains. Studies designed to determine these effects may uncover new human-health benefits of oat consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S44-S49
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
StatePublished - Sep 30 2014


  • Bacteria
  • Health
  • Prebiotic
  • SCFA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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