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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.

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

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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

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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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