non-starch polysaccharides (NSP)


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non-starch polysaccharides (NSP)

a form of carbohydrate, in foods such as wholegrain cereals, fruits and vegetables, which is not digested in the small intestine and so provides no source of calories; also known as dietary fibre . As well as providing 'bulk' and assisting weight maintenance or loss, fibre is important for the health of the colon (anti-cancer effect), reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (by combining with and preventing reabsorption of cholesterol from the gut) and assists blood sugar regulation in diabetes (by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates).