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Complex Carbohydrates in Food.

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES in FOOD, the Report of the British Nutrition Foundation's Task Force: 164 pages with index. Price: 48.00 [pound]. (UK: Chapman and Hall)

The terms of reference of the Task Force were to review the nutritional attributes of complex carbohydrates (primarily in food) in relation to current dietary advice to the population to increase the consumption of such foods. Complex carbohydrates for the purposes of the remit of the Task Force included all polysaccharides containing 20 or more monosaccharide residues, although reference to polysaccharides with fewer than 20 monosaccharide units is made where appropriate. Also, if necessary, they were to prepare a report, draw conclusions and identify areas for future research.

The Task Force reviewed and discussed much published information and this report summarizes their deliberations and findings. To give an idea of the scope of this report, it is perhaps best to quote the chapter titles next. They run: Introduction; Chemistry of complex carbohydrates and their organisation in foods; Dietary sources and intake of complex carbohydrates; How do the form and physical properties of starches influence their biological effects?; How do the form and physical properties of non starch polysaccharides influence their biological effects; Effects of complex carbohydrates on the digestion and absorption of macronutrients; Effects of complex carbohydrates on the digestion and absorption of micronutrients; Interactions between complex carbohydrates and bacteria; Energy values of complex carbohydrates; Effects of complex carbohydrates on glycaemic response; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for diabetics; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for obesity; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for gallstones; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for coronary heart disease; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for irritable bowel syndrome and constipation; Clinical implications for colonic diverticulosis; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for colorectal cancer; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for food intolerance; Clinical implications of complex carbohydrates for dental caries; Basis of recommendations about the desirable daily intake of complex carbohydrates; Labelling considerations for complex carbohydrates; Conclusions and suggestions for further research; and General conclusions and recommendations.

From the above list it is quite obvious that here we have a very specific book, nevertheless in the interests of gaining more understanding of human dietary needs it is a useful document.
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