Editor’s note: This important study demonstrated that short chain fatty acid (SCFA) levels in stool samples were abnormal in participating children with celiac disease, with and without treatment with gluten-free diet. SCFAs are healthy energy byproducts produced by microflora (beneficial organisms) in the colon during fermentation of undigested carbohydrates arriving from the small intestine. SCFAs nourish the colonocytes, cells that line the colon, to maintain normal function. They also help absorb salts and water from stool.
"Gut Microflora Associated Characteristics in Children with Celiac Disease"
Tjellström B, et. al.
Microbiology and Tumour Biology Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Dec;100(12):2784-8.
Background and aim: The aim of the study was to investigate the (more…)