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Question: Does fiber help reduce diarrhea in enteral feedings?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Answer: Yes. Fiber-free formulas can contribute to gut mucosal atrophy, especially in the distal portion of the small bowel, and in the colon. Atrophy can lead to diarrhea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and lack of nutrient absorption. There are many other causes of diarrhea, including antibiotics or other medications, Clostridium difficile, food intolerance, or simple interference […]

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Question: Does a high fiber diet affect nutrient absorption?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Answer: Not generally. There has been concern that some dietary fiber contains phytate (inositol hexaphosphate) that may form insoluble compounds with vital minerals oxalates may interfere with the absorption of iron But it is unlikely that a nutrient deficiency would occur from a high-fiber diet if an adequate, balanced diet is consumed. The human body […]

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