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Noncellulose Polysaccharides

Noncellulose Polysaccharides

Noncellulose polysaccharides consist of hemicellulose, pectins, gums, mucilages, and algal substances. Gums originate in plant secretions; mucilages are also found in plant secretions and seeds; algal substances are found in algae and seaweed; pectic substances are found in all plant tissue.

These substances absorb water, slow the emptying of the stomach, bind bile acids, and prevent intraluminal colon pressure by providing bulk for normal intestinal action.


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