Wheat bran: its composition and benefits to health, a European perspective

Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2012 Dec;63(8):1001-13. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2012.687366. Epub 2012 Jun 20.


Wheat bran is a concentrated source of insoluble fibre. Fibre intakes are generally lower than recommendations. This paper reviews the physiological effects of wheat bran and the health benefits it may provide in terms of the prevention of diseases such as colon and breast cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. In recognition of the weight of evidence, the European Food Safety Authority has recently approved two health claims for wheat bran and gastrointestinal health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet* / ethnology
  • Dietary Fiber / analysis*
  • European Union
  • Flour / analysis
  • Food Labeling / trends
  • Functional Food / analysis*
  • Health Promotion* / trends
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Seeds / chemistry*
  • Triticum / chemistry*