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Fruits and grains are both sources of fiber for bakery products.

Fruits and grains are both sources of fiber for bakery products.

Something we discuss often here is how to advance towards healthier products. One trending ingredient that can help: fiber. This year the FDA defined “dietary fiber” to include soluble and insoluble fiber. They also raised the DRV to 28 grams. So by focusing on fiber you can not only improve your nutrition label, but add some benefits to your products as well!

Fiber comes from whole grains and cereal grains, as well as oats, nuts and seeds, cellulose and gums. Here are two beneficial sources of fiber:

  • Resistance starch:  increases fiber content while maintaining a white or cream crumb color. It also has a neutral taste and low water-holding capacity, while increasing freshness and shelf life in some products.
  • Dried fruit/fruit pastes: a source of fiber and of color and texture in a number of bakery products. Fruit fiber falls in the soluble fiber category, while foods like seeds or raisins are classified as insoluble.

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About the Author:

Lin Carson, PhD
Dr. Lin Carson’s love affair with baking started over 25 years ago when she earned her BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at the Ohio State University. She went on to earn her MSc then PhD from the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University. Seeing that technical information was not freely shared in the baking industry, Dr. Lin decided to launch BAKERpedia to cover this gap. Today, as the world’s only FREE and comprehensive online technical resource for the commercial baking industry, BAKERpedia is used by over half a million commercial bakers, ingredient sellers, equipment suppliers and baking entrepreneurs annually. You can catch Dr. Lin regularly on the BAKED In Science podcast solving baking problems. For more information on Dr. Lin, subscribe to her "Ask Dr. Lin" YouTube Channel, or follow her on LinkedIn.

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