What are fructooligosaccharides?

What are fructooligosaccharides?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Fructooligosaccharides (FOSs) are another fiber component found in many vegetables and consist of short chains of fructose molecules. The term "oligosaccharide" refers to a short chain of sugar molecules ("oligo" means "few"; "saccharide" means "sugar").

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