Health& nutrition: top marks to fibres

27 January 2014

Health& nutrition: top marks to fibres

Consumers consider fibres more important than calorie counting according to latest BENEO research figures

New research results from leading functional ingredients manufacturer, BENEO, show that consumers now consider fibre intake more important than calorie counting.

Following research carried out amongst 4,000 consumers in the UK, Germany, Poland, and Spain this summer, findings have shown that although fat and sugar reduction still remain the key considerations for consumers, fibre is now seen as more important than calorie counting and salt reduction. 

When asked to prioritise what they thought was important to them, 67% of respondents from all of the countries replied that they tried to limit fat intake and 63% tried to limit sugar intake. 62% thought it was important to eat enough fibre. This is compared to the 56% of respondents that felt that calorie reduction was important and the 55% who saw salt reduction as key. These results highlight the trend in perception amongst European consumers from a calorie counting mentality towards a fibre focus. 

Myriam Snaet, Market Research Manager at BENEO comments: “The survey brought up some interesting results. In particular, we are seeing UK consumers placing high importance on ensuring that they are achieving their recommended daily fibre intake levels. With 66% replying that they do care about their fibre consumption, significantly higher than the overall percentage for all four countries, we can see that the US trend for all things fibre is steadily entering Europe, with the UK as the trendsetter.”

Myriam continues: “The results of our European fibre research clearly show the increasingly high importance that consumers are placing on fibre within their diet.  We are very confident that consumers’ interest in fibre enrichment will continue to grow, as will their drive to reduce sugar and fat in their daily diet.  With this in mind we are well placed to help food producers create recipes with increased fibre content. At the same time, sugar and fat content can be reduced thanks to our naturally derived dietary fibre ingredients, inulin and oligofructose, which also act as sugar and fat replacers.”


EFSA recommendation for fibre intake: 25g/day.


The authority is linking a higher intake of dietary fibre with benefits, such as

bowel function


  • diabetes prevention and management
  • cardiovascular health (lowering cholesterol and blood pressure)
  • weight management.

Source: EFSA, Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre. EFSA Journal 2010; 8(3):1462 [77 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1462

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