Consumer demand for fibre continues steady rise
Fibre is crucial to our health and well-being, and regular consumption can lead to many desirable health benefits. These health benefits are well-established and it is difficult to find any information about better nutrition that does not praise the importance of consuming more fibre. Today’s consumers are demanding more fibre in everything, from breakfast cereals and snacks to side dishes and beverages.
Top categories include bakery and cereals, as both incorporate fibre from grains as well as ingredient sources, but surprisingly, growth is strongest in subcategories not typically associated with fibre, such as carbonates, deli substitutes, chocolate and instant noodles.1
The takeaway for food and beverage manufacturers is that there is no shortage of opportunities to grow their businesses by creating products with increased fibre that taste great and contribute to the benefits consumers demand.
Regular fibre consumption can contribute to a wide variety of health benefits consumers seek
Dependent on the type and amount consumed on a regular basis, dietary fibre not only aids digestion but can also offer a variety of other benefits, including:
- Improved Bowel function (laxation)
- Lower LDL/cholesterol which can reduce the risk of heart disease
- Health claim reducing risk of coronary disease
- Lower blood glucose/insulin
- Bone health/calcium absorption for increased mineral absorption in the intestinal tract
- Lower calorie intake due to increased satiety
- FDA recognized
Enrich your products with the benefits of fibre
The message is loud and clear — fibre is essential to our health and well-being. Today’s consumers are demanding fibre in everything, from breakfast cereals and snacks to side dishes and beverages.
Create fibre-rich products that consumers crave. We have what you need to bring your vision to life through a broad plant-based portfolio of in-demand ingredients and solutions for nutrition, health and wellness applications. Our formulation, sensory and nutrition science experts have the experience to help you design and get your fibre-enhanced products to market faster. Let our dedicated team be your guide for claims, substantiation, label requirements and more.
Our proven fibre solutions:
Increase the level of good bacteria in the gut and support digestive health, with some of the most effective prebiotics and fibres on the market today. Our selection of soluble fibres includes products that can help reduce sugar in your formulations and promote digestive function while improving texture.
VERSAFIBE™ 285 soluble corn fibre
Reduce sugar and deliver fibre — while building back sugar’s bulk and texture.
Our selection of insoluble fibres, which includes low-FODMAP options, can help you differentiate your products with higher fibre content and bring digestive health benefits to baked goods, snacks, pasta and more. Generate greater appeal with the just-right taste and texture consumers prefer with these ingredients.
HI-MAIZE® 260 resistant starch*
Replace refined or whole wheat flour on a one-for-one basis in a wide range of recipes.
NOVELOSE 240J resistant starch*
Uniform texture and improved cell structure but without the negative properties associated with many traditional fibres.
NOVELOSE 2480 resistant starch*
Provide the fibre-rich and reduced- calorie products consumers want.
NOVELOSE® 3490 resistant starch*
Deliver just-right taste, texture and even fewer calories in fibre-rich foods.
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Give consumers more of what they want and less of what they don’t. Our solutions for nutrition can replace less-desirable ingredients with more nutritious alternatives — adding fibre, enhancing protein or reducing sugar in your application.
Frequently asked questions:
What is dietary fibre made of?
Dietary fibre is made up of carbohydrate polymers with three or more monomeric units (MU), which are neither digested nor absorbed in the human intestine. Some non-carbohydrates such as lignin and substances which are present in cell walls linked to polysaccharides may also be considered dietary fibres according to different regulatory authorities.
Where does dietary fibre come from?
Dietary fibres may come from:
- Naturally occurring sources: “intrinsic and intact” carbohydrates and lignin
- Isolated or synthetic carbohydrates that have physiological effects that are beneficial to human health
What are the food sources of dietary fibres?
Both soluble and insoluble fibres are naturally occurring in food sources such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, tubers and cereals. Resistant starch can only be found in starchy foods such as cereals, tubers and green bananas. Pectins are more naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables, and β-glucans and arabinoxylans are present in cereals.1
What are the functional benefits of adding Ingredion’s dietary fibre solutions to your formulations?
Our selection of soluble and insoluble fibres offers an array of added benefits. Differentiate your products with enhanced fiber that supports digestive health and can also reduce sugar and calories, improve texture and support sustainability goals.
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1Makki, Kassem, et al. "The impact of dietary fiber on gut microbiota in host health and disease." Cell host & microbe 23.6 (2018): 705-715.
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