Oligo Saccharides in Pigeon Pea: Varietal Differences and Effects of Heat and Germination
Mature legume seeds contain substantial amounts of raffinose oligosaccharides. When consumed by humans and animals, these are not available for energy generation or tissue synthesis, due to the absence of - galactosidase in the intestine. The oligosaccharides remain undigested and unabsorbed in the digestive tract and pass into the distal part of the intestine, to be metabolised by microflora with resultant production of gases particularly hydrogen and carbon dioxide.
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