Ascending product demand owing to the rising consumer awareness regarding the intake of a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle is expected to drive the market growth over the upcoming years. Growing health consciousness due to increased cases of heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes has resulted in consumers preferring fiber-based food products with added health benefits.
This is also estimated to fuel market growth. Moreover, the consumption of dietary fibers lowers the risk of developing various health diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, Diverticular disease, and constipation. Therefore, high demand for foods rich in fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics in the U.S. will play a key role in driving the market.
In humans, dietary fibers assist in preventing constipation and keeping the digestive system healthy. As per the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), if included in a healthy, balanced diet, fiber-rich foods improve weight maintenance and can help in reducing type 2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases.
People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are often advised to include and modify the amount of fiber in their diet. This is also projected to help boost the demand for dietary fiber supplements among IBS patients across the globe.
Although dietary fibers are best known for assisting in physiological functions that they perform, they cannot be digested. Since fibers are immune to hydrolysis, they pass through the human body in an unchanged state, and thus, they cannot be utilized as a source of energy. This in turn becomes a challenge while incorporating them as an ingredient in food & beverage products.
Combining dietary fibers into food products is of high importance and requires time, in order to achieve the chemical stability of the said product across a range of temperatures. Hence, on account of occupying the overall product volume and not being able to contribute to the energy, these fibers prove to be a cost-intensive ingredient.
Moreover, the economic impact of high prices of dietary fibers as well as the difference in the technology used to obtain these fibers is likely to challenge the overall market growth.
Cereals & grains segment led the market and accounted for more than 48.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. Intake of these fibers reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and coronary heart disease. Moreover, fibers found in oats, flaxseeds, beans, and oat bran help in reducing low-density lipoprotein, thereby reducing the total blood cholesterol levels.
Some of the key soluble fibers obtained from whole grains, including wheat, rye, and barley, are beta-glucan, pentose, arabinoxylans; whereas insoluble fibers including lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose are obtained from cereals, such as rice, maize, and wheat bran. The growing importance of beta-glucan as an immunity booster in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries is projected to drive the dietary fibers market growth.
The fruits & vegetable segment is estimated to register the fastest in the forecast period. High-fiber food products have a lower energy density and provide fewer kilojoules (calories) per gram of food. Moreover, high-fiber foods are considered bulky and filling in nature. Conversely, soluble fibers obtained from sources, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, apples, potatoes, and peas, form a gel that delays the transit time of food through the digestive system as well as the emptying of the stomach.
Fruits & vegetables-based dietary fibers also assist in regulating lower blood sugar levels and forestall a swift increase in blood insulin levels, which, in turn, is associated with the risks of diabetes and obesity.
Additionally, health benefits, including cancer prevention, cognitive improvement, and cardiovascular health improvement linked with the consumption of the product is anticipated to augment the overall demand.
Soluble dietary fibers led the market. Soluble dietary fibers for both animal and human consumption are sourced from fruits & vegetables, nuts & seeds, and cereals & whole grains. Fibers, such as fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin, obtained from vegetables, aids in regulating the function of the intestines; whereas pectin, obtained from fruits, such as pears and apples, improves acid reflux problems and promotes gut health.
Based on the type of soluble dietary fibers, the inulin segment is projected to account for the largest market share, in terms of revenue, by 2030. The product is widely used as a flavor-enhancing additive in various foods and beverages and acts as a fats & sugar replacer in several food applications, such as frozen dairy desserts and bakery & confectionery products.
Additionally, growing R&D activities on inulin and other types of soluble fibers, such as polydextrose and pectin, are projected to enhance the overall product offering the range in the market over the upcoming years. Insoluble dietary fibers are projected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period owing to the rising consumption of functional foods, increasing health-consciousness among consumers, and shifting diet patterns of consumers.
Furthermore, insoluble dietary fibers sourced from oats, wheat, corn, potato, peas, rice, and legumes help in decreasing the risk of developing various health disorders, such as hyperglycemia, constipation, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Based on the types of insoluble dietary fibers, the cellulose segment led the market in the recent years. Cellulose is used in various food applications, such as poultry products, bakery goods, and meat products. Herein, cellulose fibers exhibiting high oil- and water-holding capacity are utilized in processed meat applications to maintain the moisture levels in the finished products, whereas cellulose with low water absorption capacity is used to offer fiber enrichment to products, such as bread, cakes, cookies, corn tortillas, and pastry fillings.
The food & beverage application segment is leading the market. Consumers’ confidence in the health benefits associated with dietary fibers is one of the key factors augmenting the demand for the product. Furthermore, the growing consumption of healthy and functional food products is projected to drive the market over the next few years.
In the food sector, breakfast cereals have a high demand on account of their improved nutritional profile. The high demand is also credited to the rising health concerns among consumers regarding the adverse effects of processed and fast foods and over-consumption of calories.
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The dietary fibers analysis market has been assessed for the years 2019 to 2032.
Growing health consciousness due to increased cases of heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes has resulted in consumers preferring fiber-based food products with added health benefits. This is also estimated to fuel market growth.
Based on the type of soluble dietary fibers, the inulin segment is projected to account for the largest market share, in terms of revenue, by 2030.
Dietary fibers are largely used in the Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Feed and Others.
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