Background and Objectives
Carbohydrates, as macronutrient providing a high dietary energy intake, have a huge health impact across populations. This task force focuses on understanding the links between carbohydrates and health, particularly to what degree glycaemia should be controlled, and what types and quantities of fibres should be consumed to optimise health.
Through 2012, the task force has produced a series of papers clarifying what existing science tells us about glycaemia and long-term health. Regarding fibre, the final FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius definition agreed in 2008 leaves open questions on the degrees of polymerization and physiological effects of fibres. Via scientific sessions and publications, the task force informs the scientific community on the science supporting the health impact of these characteristics for various fibre types.