Table 1

Faecal bacterial counts (log cfu/g wet weight) and pH in elderly healthy volunteers during basal (2 wks), scFOS (4 wks) and follow-up (4 wks) periods (n = 12, mean ± SEM)

Basal period

scFOS period

Follow-up period


Bifidobacteria

8.52 ± 0.26

9.17 ± 0.17a

8.37 ± 0.21

Total anaerobes

10.09 ± 0.07

10.22 ± 0.06b

9.94 ± 0.09

Clostridium

3.25 ± 0.25

3.45 ± 0.26b

4.29 ± 0.30c

Enterobacteria

7.69 ± 0.21

7.45 ± 0.28

7.48 ± 0.24

PH

6.57 ± 0.10

6.32 ± 0.10

6.26 ± 0.07


a different from basal and follow-up periods (P < 0.05)

b different from follow-up period (P < 0.05)

c different from basal period (P < 0.05)

Bouhnik et al. Nutrition Journal 2007 6:42   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-6-42

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