Fiber for Better Health:
The Dietary Fiber Gap: Fiber has been identified as a shortfall nutrient. Fiber goals can be met by consuming more fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and grains and fiber enriched products.
|Daily Fiber Recommendations|
|Men, ages 19-50||38 grams/day|
|Men, over 50||30 grams/day|
|Women, ages 19-50||25 grams/day|
|Women, over 50||21 grams/day|
Current intake is 14g - 18g, thus Americans are experiencing a fiber gap.
(National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine; Acceptable Intake, NHANES 2005-2006)
The Type of Fiber Determines its Health Benefits
SunOpta Ingredients provides insoluble fibers in the form of oat fiber, soy fiber, pea fiber and stabilized oat, wheat and corn bran as well as soluble fiber from barley. It is important to consume both types of fiber.
- Insoluble fiber is known to promote regularity, lower risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes and lead to a feeling of fullness.
- Soluble fiber, particularly beta-glucan from barley and oats, is known for its cholesterol lowering properties. Some soluble fibers also play a role in satiety and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut (prebiotic effect).
Consumers Are Looking For Fiber
Consumers are looking for health and wellness benefits in the foods they buy for themselves and their families. In a 2009 survey conducted by the International Food Information Council, adults ranked fiber as the top potentially beneficial component they want in food and beverages.
A noteworthy distinction needs to be made between whole grains and fiber. All whole grains are not necessarily high in fiber as they vary considerably in their fiber content. Consumers can read the nutrition facts label on a whole grain product to see if the product is a good (2.5g or 10%) or excellent (5 g or 20%) source of fiber.
With obesity on the rise, energy balance is more important than ever. The food industry is challenged with reducing calories in their products. Insoluble fiber is essentially calorie-free and reduces calories in foods by replacing a portion of the flour and fat with fiber and water. You can find more information in our bulletin on oat fiber and calorie reduction.
For more information on dietary fiber and health please refer to the AIB International Technical Bulletin listed below.
- Important Fiber Definitions, Analyses, and Claims
- Fiber's Effect on Health and Disease