Dietary Fibre

Policy Position

1) Definition

Dietary fibre refers to a specific group of carbohydrate polymers which are neither digested nor absorbed in the human small intestine and consists of one or more of the following:

  • Edible carbohydrate polymers naturally occurring in the food as consumed,
  • carbohydrate polymers, which have been obtained from food raw material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means,.
  • synthetic carbohydrate polymers.

This is a definition agreed by international body Codex , the European Commission and more recently the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

FDF and the Fibre Consortium support this definition as it includes not only non-starch polysaccharide (plant cell wall) fibres, but synthetic carbohydrate polymers and those extracted from raw food material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means.

Background

FDF acts as secretariat for a group of industry fibre experts known as the Fibre Consortium. The Consortium is chaired by Victoria Betteridge (Tate & Lyle PLC). It contains over 20 companies and comprises both fibre manufacturers and food manufacturers.


Last reviewed: 09 Jun 2016