New Rules – Fiber

  • New Rules – Fiber

    Dietary Fiber on the Nutrition Facts Label

    The final rule incorporates two major changes to the dietary fiber declaration—a definition of “dietary fiber,” a term that FDA had not previously defined, and an increase in the DRV from 25 grams to 28 grams.

    Dietary Fiber is a mandatory label nutrient and is a non-digestible carbohydrate, and for US labeling, it is considered part of the carbohydrate total. Dietary Fiber includes both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can also be reported on the label. Previous labeling regulations did not establish a definition for Dietary Fiber, but the new labeling regulations have adopted the definition proposed by the Institute of Medicine.

    Beneficial Fiber

    The new definition focuses on reporting fiber that is considered beneficial to human health. Dietary Fiber in the new regulations includes non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin that are found naturally in plants, plus added fiber that has a beneficial effect in humans. Fibers that meet this definition are included in the Dietary Fiber and Total Carbohydrate totals on the label.

    Approved definition of Beneficial Fiber for new rules:

    Guar Gum



    Locust Bean Gum

    Psyllium Husk


    Beta Glucan Soluble Fiber

    In Review:

    Gum Acacia


    Apple Fiber

    Bamboo Fiber

    Carboxy Methyl Cellulose

    Corn Hull Fiber



    Karaya Gum

    Oat Hull Fiber

    Pea Fiber


    Potato Fiber

    Fice Bran Fiber

    High Amylose Corn

    Maize Starch

    Retrograde Corn Starch

    Resistant Starches

    Soy Fiber

    Sugar Beet Fiber

    Sugar Cane Fiber

    Xanthan Gum

    Wheat Fiber

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