Food Design to Feed the Human Gut Microbiota

Danilo Ercolini, Vincenzo Fogliano*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The gut microbiome has an enormous impact on the life of the host, and the diet plays a fundamental role in shaping microbiome composition and function. The way food is processed is a key factor determining the amount and type of material reaching the gut bacteria and influencing their growth and the production of microbiota metabolites. In this perspective, the current possibilities to address food design toward a better feeding of gut microbiota are highlighted, together with a summary of the most interesting microbial metabolites that can be made from dietary precursors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3754-3758
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2018


  • food ingredients
  • food processing
  • Mediterranean diet
  • melanoidins
  • metabolism
  • phytochemicals

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