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Digesting the New FDA Dietary Fiber Definition

Posted by Nick Price

October 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

fiber_blog_photo.jpgDietary fiber has received a significant amount of attention recently as part of a series of updates made to nutrition facts labels rolled out by FDA earlier this spring. The agency’s new definition of dietary fiber is “non-digestible soluble and insoluble carbohydrates (with 3 or more monomeric units), and lignin that are intrinsic and intact in plants,” and “isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates (with 3 or more monomeric units) determined by FDA to have physiological effects that are beneficial to human health.” The key here being ‘beneficial fiber’ as defined by FDA.

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Topics: Nutritional Labeling, FDA Regulation Updates, Dietary Fiber, FDA

Fuzzy Areas in Dietary Fiber

Posted by Nick Price

June 22, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Dietary FiberThe majority of the components listed on standard nutrition panels are well understood.  Sugar, for example, is a nutrient that is actually the sum of several molecules, but the group is well defined and constant. There is little uncertainty. But this changes when we arrive at fiber on the label. Things are changing for fiber. Under FDA's proposed new nutritional label regulations, FDA intends to change its approach in how it defines and measures fiber. This will have far reaching implications for the food industry. 

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Topics: Dietary Fiber

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