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
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
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
Last reviewed: 09 Jun 2016