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Methods for Analysis of Dietary Fibre

  • R. R. Selvendran
  • A. V. F. V. Verne
  • R. M. Faulks
Part of the Molecular Methods of Plant Analysis book series (MOLMETHPLANT, volume 10)


Dietary fibre (DF) was defined by Trowell et al. in 1976 as all the polysaccharides and lignin in the diet that are not digested by the endogenous secretions of the human digestive tract. This definition embraces the polysaccharides and lignin of plant cell walls (CW) and also the small amount of polysaccharide food additives that makes up less than 2% of fibre in our diet. These may be present as plant gums, algal polysaccharides, pectins, modified celluloses and modified starches. Plant CW are the major source of DF and thus for analytical purposes DF refers mainly to the non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) and lignin in the diet (Southgate 1976). The food additives are, however, commercially available and have similar structural features to CW polysaccharides: for these reasons they have been used as model compounds to study the action of DF.


Dietary Fibre Wheat Bran Uronic Acid Resistant Starch Neutral Sugar 
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  • R. R. Selvendran
  • A. V. F. V. Verne
  • R. M. Faulks

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