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FDA Recognizes 8 New Carbs as Dietary Fiber

Types of dietary fiber

On June 14, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration recognized eight new carbohydrates as dietary fiber, which is found to have positive effects on human health. The eight carbohydrates include:

  • Sugarcane fiber and apple fiber
  • Arabinoxylan
  • Alginate
  • Galactooligosaccharide
  • Resistant maltodextrin/dextrin
  • High-amylose starch
  • Polydextrose
  • Inulin and inulin-type fructans

Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber

The FDA reviewed the eight carbohydrates not listed as dietary fiber after receiving citizen petitions that explained the health benefits of each. The FDA says that they will continue to review citizen petitions to recognize more carbohydrates as fiber if they have the qualifying health benefits. The beneficial effects of dietary fiber on human health include:

  • Lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increase in frequency of bowel movements (improved laxation)
  • Increased mineral absorption in the intestinal tract
  • Reduced energy intake

January 1, 2020 marks the compliance date for food manufacturers to update their nutrition labels to recognize these carbohydrates as fiber.

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Click here to read the full article from Food Business News.

Click here for industry guidance on the new declaration of certain carbohydrates as dietary fiber.

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