FDA considers glucomannan as a dietary fiber

Jan 20, 2020
Sébastien Bouley

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on January 10th, 2020 that it intends to propose that “glucomannan” be added to the definition of dietary fiber. Glucomannan is commonly found in the tuber or root of the elephant yam, also known as the konjac plant.

The FDA established a definition for dietary fiber in its 2016 Nutrition Facts label final rule. Based on available evidence, FDA has determined that the scientific evidence suggests that glucomannan can help reduce blood cholesterol. 

With this current notification for glucomannan, 17 categories of non-digestible carbohydrates (including a broad category of mixed plant cell wall fibers) are either included in the definition of dietary fiber, or are non-digestible carbohydrates that FDA intends to propose to be added to the definition of dietary fiber.

Seven of these fibers were identified in the Nutrition Facts label final rule as meeting the dietary fiber definition.

To know more, you can consult the press release.

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