After a review of available research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has included Fibersol on its list of approved dietary fibres.
The widely used line of products are corn-based soluble dietary fibre ingredients produced under a joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland, and Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. Ltd..
It came under review after the FDA redefined dietary fibre and initiative a scientific review to identify dietary fibres that have a physiological effect beneficial to human health.
“ADM supports the FDA’s efforts to provide consumers with nutritional labelling information that is honest, clear and relevant,” said Greg Dodson, vice present Fiber, ADM, in a release. “We remained confident in the totality of scientific evidence that shows Fibersol’s physiological benefit to human health and its classification as a dietary fibre.
“With the FDA’s decision, food and drink companies can be reassured that their products using Fibersol can continue to be labelled as containing dietary fibre,” he said.
Fibersol is backed by more than 20 years of clinical research and almost 100 published studies demonstrating its physiological effects, the release said. The studies outline how the additive helps maintain intestinal regularity attenuate post-meal blood glucose levels and retain healthy post-meal serum triglycerides.
More recent studies have also shown it to be a prebiotic fibre that provides an increased feeling of satiety. It is also well tolerated at consumption rates as high as 68 grams per day.
The manufacturer says Fibersol can be labelled as “soluble corn fibre,” soluble vegetable fibre,” “digestion resistant maltodextrin” “resistant maltodextrin” or “maltodextrin.