7th Intl’ Dietary Fibre Conference, Rotterdam 4-6 June 2018
The Healthgrain Forum endorses the 7th Intl’ Dietary Fibre Conference, Rotterdam 4-6 June 2018. For more information, see www.dietaryfibre.org. 50 of the 140 abstracts of this conference are related to cereal fibres.
The Healthgrain Forum presentation “HEALTH EFFECTS OF CEREAL FIBRE’ (2015) includes a wealth of information about cereal fibres and their health effects. Conclusions are in line with the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report published shortly after the HGF presentation.
In addition to other well-established health benefits of cereal fibre, the HGF FENS publication in Complete Nutrition March 2016 publication highlights also recent studies on benefits for psychological wellbeing.
HGF FENS publication in Complete Nutriton March 2016
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The document HGForum leaflet Carbohydrate, fibre and whole grain intake and promotion of nutrition related health (updated 2015) is a summary of the publication: Evidence-Based Guideline of the German Nutrition Society: Carbohydrate Intake and Prevention of Nutrition-Related Diseases. Ann NutrMetab. 2012; 60 (Suppl 1):1-58).
After years of discussion Codex and EU adopted new, almost identical definitions of dietary fibre in 2008.
Two issues need to be discussed further:
- The requirement for added isolated or synthesised fibre of having a beneficial physiological effect as demonstrated by generally accepted scientific evidence. In the EU, fibre preparations with approved health claims will obviously qualify, but it remains to be settled if less demanding documentation will be accepted for labelling only.
- Methods for fibre analysis. The current method (AOAC985.29) used for fibre levels in food composition databases all over the world does not measure/ partially measures levels of oligosaccharides /resistant starch and compounds included in the new definitions. The use of correct methods will result in higher levels for fibre for bread, pasta and other grain based products.
The HEALTHGRAIN Forum is aiming at getting correct values for dietary fibre for cereal grain based products in food databases all over Europe.
For more information, see the attached PDF documents:
EU and Codex Definitions of dietary fibre with comments 2010
Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods 2009 - All in one measurement of dietary fibre in bread
HGF activities - Dietary fibre analysis 2010