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Average dietary fibre intakes have increased little in the past twenty years in many countries, including the USA1. Multi-million-dollar campaigns promoting fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods high in fibre have delivered only small changes in diets2, and consumers have not changed from traditional staples to whole-grain options3. UK millers report that consumption of whole-wheat bread has actually declined over the past decade (P. Shewry, personal communication). In the US, white flour, which is lower in fibre than whole-wheat flour, accounts for nearly 40% of the fibre intake4. We believe that as motivating consumers to change food choices has proven difficult, changing food itself — a so-called stealth health approach — could be a useful strategy to increase fibre in the foods people choose to eat.
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We thank J. Dubcovsky for comments on an earlier version, J. Bartoy for editing, and M. O’ Flaherty for research assistance.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
P. Stephen Baenziger, Katherine Frels & Devin Rose
Foundation for Innovation in Healthy Food, Wilmington, DE, USA
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College of St. Catherine, Emeritus, St. Paul, MN, USA
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The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper, but acknowledge they are members of the Coalition for Grain Fiber or the Foundation for Innovation for Healthy Foods and J.J. is a scientific advisor to Grains Foods Foundation, IL CEREALES (Latin American Organization), Grupo Bimbo and Quality Carbohydrate Coalition.
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Baenziger, P.S., Frels, K., Greenspan, S. et al. A stealth health approach to dietary fibre. Nat Food (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00674-w
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Published: 16 December 2022
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