Average fibre intake in the UK is significantly below recommendations, yet research increasingly suggests a beneficial effect of dietary fibre for a number of health outcomes.

The British Nutrition Foundation is delighted to present 10 key facts (attached at the bottom of this page) from its recent symposium, exploring fibre and health. These are based on the expert presentations on the day that discussed emerging research on the role of fibre and novel fibres in mineral absorption, immunity, cardiovascular disease and obesity, and considered how we might increase the population's intake, including possible implications for specific groups.




29th January 2015 Governors Hall, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH

Full programme

Chair: Professor Kevin Whelan, King’s College London

12.30  Introduction – Fibre: From recommendations to practice

British Nutrition Foundation

Session 1: Fibre – New Health Aspects

12.45 Soluble fibre and calcium absorption - A new nutrient for bone health?

Professor Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

1.20 Fibre and satiety – A role in weight management?

Professor Jason Halford, Chair in Biological Psychology and Health Behaviour, University of Liverpool and of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

1.45 Fibre and cardiovascular disease - Is the way to a man’s heart through his gut microbiota?

Professor Julie Lovegrove, Hugh Sinclair Chair in Human Nutrition, University of Reading

2.10 Fibre and Immunity - A new message for consumers?

Dr Jurriaan Mes, Expert Leader, Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen UR and Project Coordinator, EU FibeBiotics

Short Break

Session 2: Fibre in Clinical Practice

2.55 Fibre in clinical populations: from research evidence to evidence-based practice

Professor Kevin Whelan, Professor of Dietetics, King's College London

3.20 Fibre in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Yvonne McKenzie, Clinical Lead in IBS for the Gastroenterology Specialist Group, BDA

3.45 Panel Discussion

Chair, speakers and invited panel guests will discuss issues and respond to delegates’ questions.

4.30 Closing comments

Tate & Lyle and the Garfield Weston Foundation provided educational grants towards the success of this conference. However, the conference programme has been directed by the Foundation alone, which is committed to producing independent, evidence-based science. The monies received for the conference also allowed us to offer free online participation for researchers from developing countries.


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