- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: Because the editors of this multiauthored book have required the authors use the same general chapter structure, they have assembled a surprisingly uniform book that progresses though the topic of prebiotics in an orderly and organized fashion.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the current knowledge on the use of prebiotics, nutrients that alter bacterial growth in the intestine, as well as review the basics of probiotics, foods that contain active bacteria. This is done with the aim of summarizing the potential impacts on human health.
Audience: The book is intended to introduce college students and scientists to the field of prebiotics. This is a generally new research area in nutrition and thus the review is of value, but limited in scope because of the limited database.
Features: The chapters are well coordinated and the authors experts in the field. The book is slightly biased in favor of prebiotic use in humans, in that the authors generally attribute any positive effects of prebiotics to their effect on gut bacteria rather then other possible mechanisms. The bias, however, is slight and is not a major issue. The book includes excellent tables, but few figures. It includes a reasonable number of references that are current, but also includes a number of statements that are not referenced. The index is not very detailed and thus a little less useful than most.
Assessment: This book does provide a good review of the field, but even in so doing, the field has not yet matured and evidence supporting the use of prebiotics is sparse or not yet fully developed.