Bacterial breakdown of fiber in the colon produces the short-chain fatty acids acetate, propionate, and butyrate. These are important substrates for the cells of the colonic mucosa and their uptake enhances absorption of water and electrolytes from the bowel lumen. Fiber also binds bile salts which would otherwise be irritants to the colonic mucosa, promotes glucose absorption, and provides substrate for the normal bowel flora. Nevertheless, published clinical trials do not provide firm evidence for the routine use of fiber-supplemented enteral feeds ( Scheppachefal 1990). No adverse effects have been reported from including fiber in enteral feeds, and most newer formulations contain a fiber source.

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