What Is NSP in Food?


In food, NSP is an acronym that stands for nonstarch polysaccharide. NSPs are a type of carbohydrate that is sometimes referred to as hemicellulose or cellulose, and can be found in the form of xylans, gums, mucilages and pectins used in foods.

NSPs can be found in pumpkin seeds, beets, corn, potatoes and flaxseeds. Although science doesn't completely understand how the NSPs in food benefit the human body, it is known that they play a role in strengthening the body's immune, detoxification and digestive systems. It is thought that NSPs can reduce the risk of diet-related diseases, including coronary heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and even some cancers, like breast cancer and colorectal cancer.