University of Minnesota
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
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Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Joanne L. Slavin

Joanne-Slavin-2Ph.D., R.D., Professor
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
166 FScN
Phone: (612) 624-7234
Fax: (612) 625-5272


Our research group conducts human metabolic, in vitro, and subjective health effects of food intake studies. Interventions include fiber, carbohydrate, protein and whole food studies.  A particular interest of our group is the gastrointestinal effects of food intake, including changes in microflora, short chain fatty acids, and other fecal measures. 

Resident and Outreach Teaching

Selected Scholarship

Slavin JL, Lloyd B. Health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Adv Nutr. 2012 Jul 1;3(4):506-16.

Karalus M, Clark M, Greaves KA, Thomas W, Vickers Z, Kuyama M, Slavin J. Fermentable Fibers do not Affect Satiety or Food Intake by Women Who do not Practice Restrained Eating. J Acad Nutr Diet. Epub 2012 Jul 5.

Brownawell AM, Caers W, Gibson GR, Kendall CW, Lewis KD, Ringel Y, Slavin JL. Prebiotics and the health benefits of fiber: current regulatory status, future research, and goals. J Nutr. 2012 May;142(5):962-74. Epub 2012 Mar 28.

Hess J, Latulippe ME, Ayoob K, Slavin J. The confusing world of dietary sugars: definitions, intakes, food sources and international dietary recommendations. Food Funct. 2012 May;3(5):477-86. Epub 2012 Mar 9.

Kranz S, Brauchla M, Slavin JL, Miller KB. What do we know about dietary fiber intake in children and health? The effects of fiber intake on constipation, obesity, and diabetes in children. Adv Nutr. 2012 Jan;3(1):47-53. Epub 2012 Jan 5.

Cutler GJ, Flood A, Hannan PJ, Slavin JL, Neumark-Sztainer D. Association between major patterns of dietary intake and weight status in adolescents. Br J Nutr. 2012 Jul;108(2):349-56. Epub 2011 Oct 13.

Klosterbuer A, Roughead ZF, Slavin J. Benefits of dietary fiber in clinical nutrition. Nutr Clin Pract. 2011 Oct;26(5):625-35.

Slavin J, Feirtag J. Chicory inulin does not increase stool weight or speed up intestinal transit time in healthy male subjects. Food Funct. 2011 Jan;2(1):72-7. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

Willis HJ, Thomas W, Willis DJ, Slavin JL. Feasibility of measuring gastric emptying time, with a wireless motility device, after subjects consume fiber-matched liquid and solid breakfasts. Appetite. 2011 Aug;57(1):38-44. Epub 2011 Mar 22.

Willis HJ, Thomas W, Eldridge AL, Harkness L, Green H, Slavin JL. Glucose and insulin do not decrease in a dose-dependent manner after increasing doses of mixed fibers that are consumed in muffins for breakfast. Nutr Res. 2011 Jan;31(1):42-7.

Gemen R, de Vries JF, Slavin JL. Relationship between molecular structure of cereal dietary fiber and health effects: focus on glucose/insulin response and gut health. Nutr Rev. 2011 Jan;69(1):22-33.

Hess JR, Birkett AM, Thomas W, Slavin JL. Effects of short-chain fructooligosaccharides on satiety responses in healthy men and women. Appetite. 2011 Feb;56(1):128-34. Epub 2010 Dec 10.

Timm D, Willis H, Thomas W, Sanders L, Boileau T, Slavin J. The use of a wireless motility device (SmartPill®) for the measurement of gastrointestinal transit time after a dietary fibre intervention. Br J Nutr. 2011 May;105(9):1337-42. Epub 2010 Dec 8.

Willis HJ, Thomas W, Eldridge AL, Harkness L, Green H, Slavin JL. Increasing doses of fiber do not influence short-term satiety or food intake and are inconsistently linked to gut hormone levels. Food Nutr Res. 2010 Jun 29;54.

Bonnema AL, Kolberg LW, Thomas W, Slavin JL. Gastrointestinal tolerance of chicory inulin products. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Jun;110(6):865-8.


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