Dietary Fibre from Whole Grains and Their Benefits on Metabolic Health

Nutrients. 2020 Oct 5;12(10):3045. doi: 10.3390/nu12103045.


The consumption of whole grain products is often related to beneficial effects on consumer health. Dietary fibre is an important component present in whole grains and is believed to be (at least partially) responsible for these health benefits. The dietary fibre composition of whole grains is very distinct over different grains. Whole grains of cereals and pseudo-cereals are rich in both soluble and insoluble functional dietary fibre that can be largely classified as e.g., cellulose, arabinoxylan, β-glucan, xyloglucan and fructan. However, even though the health benefits associated with the consumption of dietary fibre are well known to scientists, producers and consumers, the consumption of dietary fibre and whole grains around the world is substantially lower than the recommended levels. This review will discuss the types of dietary fibre commonly found in cereals and pseudo-cereals, their nutritional significance and health benefits observed in animal and human studies.

Keywords: cereals; chronic diseases; dietary fibre; pseudo-cereals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cellulose
  • Chronic Disease / prevention & control
  • Dietary Fiber / administration & dosage*
  • Edible Grain / chemistry
  • Glucans
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Nutritive Value
  • Recommended Dietary Allowances
  • Whole Grains / chemistry*
  • Xylans
  • beta-Glucans


  • Dietary Fiber
  • Glucans
  • Xylans
  • beta-Glucans
  • xyloglucan
  • Cellulose
  • arabinoxylan