Translating the conceptual basis of dietary fibre into a definition that can be used as the basis for practicable analytical methods has been a matter for considerable debate amongst those involved in dietary fibre measurements. The original authors used the term “dietary fibre” for the plant cell wall material in foods and this provides the most satisfactory starting point in any discussion on analysis. Compares the two most widely used approaches for the measurement of dietary fibre and considers their bases in relation to the conceptual origin of dietary fibre as a protective factor in the diet.
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