Table 5

Volunteers diaries detailing bowel habits and general mood on a daily basis throughout the study
control bread pre-placebo treatment placebo treatment post- placebo treatment pre-AXOS treatment AXOS treatment post- AXOS treatment
No of stools 1.30 ±0.72 1.33 ±0.75 1.43 ±0.76b 1.44 ±0.78 1.37 ±0.76 1.39 ±0.71 1.39 ±0.79
Abdominal discomfort score * 0.11 ±0.18 0.10 ±0.16 0.10 ±0.18 0.10 ±0.17 0.13 ±0.20 0.18 ±0.37 0.10 ±0.17
bloating score * 0.18 ±0.27 0.18 ±0.24 0.20 ±0.27 0.17 ±0.23 0.19 ±0.27 0.25 ±0.40 0.19 ±0.23
flatulence score * 0.52 ±0.53 0.47 ±0.50 0.54 ±0.55 0.49 ±0.49 0.53 ±0.53 0.51 ±0.52 0.40 ±0.48
Happy score ** 0.01 ±0.20 0.02 ±0.17 0.02 ±0.16 0.01 ±0.18 0.01 ±0.19 0.02 ±0.14 0.00 ±0.13
Alert ** −0.01 ±0.15 −0.01 ±0.09 0.03 ±0.19 −0.01 ±0.07 −0.01 ±0.14 −0.01 ±0.17 −0.01 ±0.08
Energetic ** −0.07 ±0.26 −0.07 ±0.18 0.01 ±0.14 b −0.01 ±0.21 −0.03 ±0.25 −0.03 ±0.18 −0.03 ±0.13
Stressed ** 0.03 ±0.23 0.02 ±0.15 0.05 ±0.26 −0.03 ±0.26 0.04 ±0.24 0.07 ±0.25 0.05 ±0.12
Consistency *** 3.67 ±0.79 3.51 ±0.79 3.45 ±0.77 3.54 ±0.92 3.73 ±0.85 3.69 ±0.98 3.51 ±0.85

* 0 – none, 1 – mild, 2 – moderate, 3 – severe.

** -1 – less than normal, 0 – normal, 1 – more than normal.

*** Bristol stool scale, 1 = hard, 7 = liquid.

b – significantly different to pre-treatment, (p < 0.05).

P-values of volunteer diary changes. A paired t-test was used to compare volunteer scores at different time points.

Walton et al.

Walton et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:36   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-36

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