FIBER: FAUX VS REAL

Fun Fact: Americans, on average, get only 15 grams of fiber each day. It’s recommended that women get 25 grams daily and men 38.

Natural Fiber and added fiber .... are the same same but different.First, what is natural fiber and what is added fiber. Here's a list of what they look like.

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Fruits

 bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries.

Vegetables

carrots, beets, broccoli, collard greens, swiss chard, spinach, artichokes, potatoes (russet, red, and sweet).

Beans & Legumes

 Navy, white, garbanzo, kidney, peas, or lentils.

Grains

bulgur wheat, brown rice, wild rice, and barley

According to Berkely Wellness Faux Fiber includes

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Isolated fibers that are either extracted from foods or chemically synthesized. They include inulin (from chicory root), pectin, polydextrose, methylcellulose and maltodextrin. If you see a highly refined food, such as white bread, or a food that normally contains no fiber at all, such as yogurt, that lists a fair amount of fiber on the nutrition label, chances are you’ll find one or more of these isolated fibers in the ingredients list. In contrast, if you see wheat bran, corn bran or oats on the ingredients list, for instance, you’re getting natural intact fiber.Whole grain breads: Select 7-grain, dark rye, cracked wheat, pumpernickel. Make sure “whole wheat” or another whole grain is listed as the first ingredient.

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Studies on inulin have shown no real difference in fullness and satiety compared with food that had no fiber added but research on beta-glucan, oat fiber, demonstrates that it has benefits of a full-belly. So its clear that the natural choice, the real fiber actually slows digestions and allows higher nutrient absorption.

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We must explain that anything that is created in a lab may not always be your best option {unless its your only option}; especially if there are natural ways to receive that vitamin, mineral, and nutrient. We encourage you to get as much of your essential daily dose of life from living things–– plants, sun, animals.

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