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Behind the scenes of dietary fibre labelling

Issue 3 2016  •  20 June 2016  •  Muriel Henrion, Research Scientist / Frédéric Robin, Project Manager / Emilie Labat, Purchasing Specification Manager / Enrico Chavez, Senior Statistician - all from Nestlé’s Product Technology Center, Orbe, Switzerland

Consumer interest for dietary fibre has markedly grown these past years as a number of studies now link increased fibre intake to reduced risks of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, digestive health benefits, and weight management. To meet these expectations, product development has drastically expanded in the last five years, enabling consumers to find dietary fibres in all product categories. However, behind the mere labelling of dietary fibre content in a beverage or an instant porridge lies an intricate regulatory and analytical system. The sole definition of dietary fibre is still disputed: a dozen AOAC analytical methodologies exist; nutritional (content) and health claims require strictly defined dietary fibre amounts; and tolerance levels vary greatly. As their measurement is complex, dietary fibres are often not mentioned in raw material specifications. The purpose of this article is to unravel some of the complexity behind dietary fibre labelling…

 

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