The FDA currently recognizes seven fibers as having health benefits. The new definition is evolving. Keep watch for newly approved beneficial fibers so you can adjust formulas and labels accordingly.
January 5, 2017
Dairy foods aren’t naturally great sources of fiber, but many fiber ingredients are added to dairy foods. The new Nutrition Facts regulations have redefined fiber, increasing the Daily Value from 25 to 28 grams, and making the calculation of fiber content on the food label more complicated.
New rule provides standard definition to protect the health of Americans with celiac disease.
August 2, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a new regulation defining the term "gluten-free" for voluntary food labeling. This will provide a uniform standard definition to help the up to 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that can be effectively managed only by eating a gluten free diet.
New website – www.childhood-nutrition.com– provides resources for manufacturers and foodservice operators facing formulation challenges.
April 30, 2013
"Cargill believes that we all have a stake in improving kids' nutrition – families, government, public health organizations and the food and beverage industry," said Pat Bowe, corporate vice president of Cargill's Food Ingredients & Systems businesses. "With this initiative, we are focusing resources to help customers develop formulations with less trans and saturated fat, sugar and sodium, and more whole grains, fiber and protein."
All fibers fit — including isolated and synthesized/modified fibers. That’s the conclusion of the Institute of Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the World Health Organization/Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States (CODEX).