Dietary fibre is an essential component of the human diet. However, it is present in amounts typically lower than recommended by health authorities. Depending on local advice, food and health authorities and the national nutrition societies recommend a daily intake of 25 – 40 g fibre with typically 2/3 insoluble and 1/3 soluble fibres, an amount that most people find difficult to achieve.
Fibre-enriched products can help consumers to improve their diets by increasing fibre intake. Every Food Authority has recognized chicory root fibres, inulin and oligofructose as approved dietary fibres, which makes it easily recognizable on any packaged foods as being part of the nutrient declaration.
Also good to know is that 63% of global consumers associate fiber with digestive health and 67% with immunity.
Dietary fibres are naturally present in many whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Various types of dietary fibre exist, often with specific characteristics. They can be categorized into e.g. insoluble fibres and soluble fibres, fermentable, non-fermentable and partially fermentable fibres, and viscous or non-viscous fibres.
FIBRULINE™ chicory root fibre, inulin and FIBRULOSE™ chicory root fibre, oligofructose are special dietary fibres because they are prebiotic.