Bile acids and health: is fibre the answer?

Jonathan Salter (South Bank University, London, UK)
Martin Chaplin (South Bank University, London, UK)
John Dickerson (South Bank University, London, UK)
Jill Davies (South Bank University, London, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Bile acids are usually related to biliary problems such as gallstones, but are in fact implicated in other diseases as well. Reviews bile acid formation in the body and its role in digestion. Discusses the concept that a diet involving fibre, particularly non‐starch polysaccharides, may be the key to health with respect to coronary heart disease and colon cancer, through interactions with the bile acids. Points out that this is not a new idea but one that still needs further investigation.



Salter, J., Chaplin, M., Dickerson, J. and Davies, J. (1996), "Bile acids and health: is fibre the answer?", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 96 No. 6, pp. 29-33.

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