Table 3

Mean oro-fecal transit time (OFTT) and mean 24-h faecal wet weight, dry weight and percentage of faecal water in elderly healthy volunteers during the basal (2 wks), scFOS (4 wks) and follow-up (4 wks) periods (n = 12, mean ± SEM)

Basal period

scFOS period

Follow-up period


OFTT (h)

37.2 ± 3.4

39.9 ± 3.3

37.8 ± 3.7

Wet weight (g/d)

155.4 ± 20.9

137.7 ± 17.3

174.8 ± 22.0

Dry weight (g/d)

32.8 ± 3.3

28.8 ± 2.9

35.2 ± 3.5

Faecal water (%)

77 ± 2

77 ± 1

76 ± 2


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

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