Dietary fibre in Europe

A review of dietary fibre in Europe and its relationship to health has been published online in the Journal Nutrition Research Reviews. It involved researchers from academia and the food industry.

Main findings from the report include:

  • In Europe the recommendation for total fibre intake is 25-32g/day for adult women and 30-35g/day for adult men. This recommendation is lower for children and the elderly.
  • No recommendations for specific types of fibre exist in Europe.
  • Grains were the main source of fibre. This included bread, breakfast cereals, pasta, biscuits and pastries.
  • Vegetables, potatoes and fruit were also significant contributors to fibre intake.
  • The review found health benefits from the consumption of fibre.
  • Consumption of dietary fibre was linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. For each 7g of dietary fibre consumed, the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced by 7-9%.
  • There is evidence of a beneficial effect of fibre on the risk of certain cancers including cancer of the colon and rectum.

For more information take a look at our tips for eating more fibre.

Posted: 05/12/2017 11:51:24 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Dietary fibre, Fibre, Health


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