281. Cleaning up Label Confusion about Fiber: The Road Ahead for Research and Practice

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2017

This session will help translate the current dietary fiber regulations, discuss their impact, and offer guidance for educating consumers.

  • SKU FNCE17281
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This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.

The 2015 United States Dietary Guidelines for Americans (USDGA) identified fiber as an under-consumed nutrient of public health concern. In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final regulations for the Nutrition Facts Panel, including a definition of dietary fiber that encompasses two distinct categories: intrinsic and intact, and isolated or synthetic which are added to foods and have physiological health benefits. According to the FDA, seven isolated or synthetic fibers meet the new definitions.

These regulations have created a degree of uncertainty as to what fibers can be used in product development, which could potentially increase the gap in fiber intake. This session will help translate the current dietary fiber regulations, discuss their impact on product development and future fiber research, and offer guidance for educating consumers on incorporating dietary fiber into a healthy eating pattern. Research on the relationship between fiber and the gut microbiome also will be presented to identify future opportunities.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 2070, 2020, 5090

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the FDA Dietary Fiber Nutrition Labeling Regulations and how they will impact fiber labeling on the Nutrition Facts panel and ingredient list.
  • Describe fiber innovations, including latest research, and sources, and the types of products that can help address the fiber shortfall.
  • Assist consumers in balancing their desire for a clean label with the need to consume more dietary fiber.


  • Holly Willis, PhD, RD
  • Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD

Moderator and Program Planner

  • Satya Jonnalagadda, PhD, MBA, RD
  • SKU FNCE17281