Dietary Fiber and Resistant Starch

A Nutritional Classification of Plant Polysaccharides
  • Hans N. Englyst
  • Susan M. Kingman


Plant polysaccharides may be separated into two broad categories. Starch, a ubiquitous storage polysaccharide, is an α-linked glucan and is the major carbohydrate of dietary staples such as cereal grains and potatoes. The nonstarch polysaccharides (NSP) of plants, such as cellulose, pectin, and hemicellulose, are non-α-glucan polysaccharides. The NSP tend to have a structural function and are the principal components of the plant cell wall. Recently NSP have become the objective in the measurement of dietary fiber.


Starch Granule Resistant Starch White Bread Pancreatic Amylase Plant Polysaccharide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans N. Englyst
    • 1
  • Susan M. Kingman
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition CentreCambridgeUK

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