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Boosting levels of a naturally produced by-product of dietary fiber fermentation in the bowel can help trim the waistline and stave off weight gain, reveals a small study. “The present results support a role specifically for colonic propionate in weight management and may provide a molecular explanation of recent data that have observed changes in the gut [range of bacteria] and associated [short chain fatty acid production] profiles in weight loss,” researchers conclude.

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      Is inulin the best prebiotic to use here?

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        Inulin would be a good prebiotic. In this particular study, the inulin-propionate ester had a slightly better effect on satiation. The inulin should be fermented into the propionate though.