Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts
This Thursday, June 14, 2018, photo shows the label on a can of tomato soup in Zelienople, Pa. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving its nod for many of the ingredients that companies already use to pump up fiber to be counted as such on the new Nutrition Facts panel, which will be required in two years. The agency’s blessing comes after a 2016 rule said added fibers need to provide a health benefit, rather than just being a non-digestible carbohydrate. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

NEW YORK (AP) — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated?

Browse supermarket shelves, and it’s easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That’s because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, which they say helps people eat better and enjoy treats with less guilt.

Now, the Food and Drug Administration is giving its nod for many of the ingredients companies use to pump up fiber to be counted as fiber on the new Nutrition Facts panels. The agency’s blessing comes after a rule required companies to prove the ingredients they were adding as fiber have a health benefit.