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What are Oligosaccharides?

Oligosaccharides are a type of carbohydrate formed when three to 10 simple sugars are linked together. These are naturally occurring in many plants like artichokes, onions, leeks, legumes, wheat, asparagus, jicama, and other plant foods.

Oligosaccharides are fermentable carbohydrates and the bacteria that feed on these produce many beneficial substances, including short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and certain B vitamins. According to preliminary evidence, the bacteria can help in the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium that escape the small intestine during digestion.

Although further research is needed, SCFAs are likely to have numerous health benefits, both in the colon and throughout the body. Oligosaccharides have been shown to reduce triglycerides, cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and even boost immunity.

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