Neil Mermelstein

Neil H. Mermelstein

Consuming a diet high in dietary fiber offers health benefits. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that eating a diet high in dietary fiber promotes healthy bowel function and that a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and grain products containing dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber, and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The agency recommends that Americans consume at least 25 g of dietary fiber per day for a 2,000-calorie/day diet…

In determining the dietary fiber content of foods for nutrition labeling purposes, traditional methods either underestimate or don’t measure some components of dietary fiber. The new method developed and adopted by AOAC International and AACC International measures all fiber components included in the Codex definition of dietary fiber.


Steps in the AOAC 2009.01/AACC 32-45 method for the determination of total dietary fiber.


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Editor Emeritus of Food Technology
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Neil Mermelstein