British Journal of Nutrition

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Behaviour, Appetite and Obesity

Polydextrose results in a dose-dependent reduction in ad libitum energy intake at a subsequent test meal

Nerys M. Astburya1a2 c1, Moira A. Taylora1 and Ian A. Macdonalda1

a1 School of Biomedical Sciences, E Floor Medical School, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical School Campus, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK

a2 New York Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Department of Medicine, St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA


Previous studies have reported that polydextrose can reduce food intake; however, the optimal dose required to achieve this effect is currently unknown. The present study investigated the effects of consuming a range of doses of polydextrose on appetite and energy intake (EI) using a randomised within-subject, cross-over design. For this purpose, twenty-one participants (n 12 men, n 9 women) consumed an 837 kJ liquid preload containing 0 g (control), 6·3, 12·5 or 25 g polydextrose. Subjective appetite ratings were collected using visual analogue scales and an ad libitum test meal was served 90 min later. Participants recorded EI for the remainder of the day in a food diary. Test meal EI following the control preload (5756 (sem 423) kJ) was significantly higher than following the 6·3 g (5048 (sem 384) kJ), 12·5 g (4722 (sem 384) kJ) and 25 g (4362 (sem 316) kJ) preloads (P< 0·05), and EI following the 6·3 g preload was significantly higher than following the 25 g preload (P< 0·01). There were no differences in self-reported EI during the remainder of the day between the preloads containing the varying doses of polydextrose. Total EI (breakfast+preload+ad libitum test meal+remainder of the day) was significantly higher when the control preload was consumed (12 051 (sem 805) kJ) compared with either the 12·5 g (10 854 (sem 589) kJ) or 25 g (10 658 (sem 506) kJ) preload (P< 0·05). These differences in EI were not accompanied by corresponding differences in subjective appetite ratings. In summary, polydextrose effectively reduces subsequent EI in a dose-dependent manner.

(Received April 18 2012)

(Revised November 30 2012)

(Accepted November 30 2012)

(Online publication January 23 2013)

Key Words:

  • Polydextrose;
  • Fibre;
  • Appetite;
  • Satiety;
  • Energy intake


c1 Corresponding author: Dr N. M. Astbury, fax +1 212 523 4380, email