Measurement of Dietary Fiber as Nonstarch Polysaccharides

  • Hans N. Englyst
  • John H. Cummings


In 1972 Trowell defined dietary fiber as “the skeletal remains of plant cells that are resistant to digestion by enzymes of man.” This definition was modified in 1976 to “the plant polysaccharides and lignin which are resistant to hydrolysis by the digestive enzymes of man” (Trowell et al., 1976).


Dietary Fiber Starch Granule Uronic Acid Resistant Starch Alditol Acetate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans N. Englyst
    • 1
  • John H. Cummings
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition CentreCambridgeUK

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