Fiber One is doing a very good job with the marketing of their products, but buyer beware – not all fiber is created equal! Many manufacturers are adding fiber in the form of inulin or chicory root extract, which do not have the same healthy effects in the body as naturally occurring fiber does. Food companies add inulin to foods because they can still count it as fiber on the food label, which means when the consumer picks up a Fiber One bar and sees that it has 20 grams of dietary fiber they think that it is a healthy choice Problem is, adding fiber to candy bars is like adding vitamins to soda – it’s junk food in a pretty dress.
Fiber has many positive healthy benefits – it reduces cholesterol, it may cut the risk of certain cancers, and it helps with constipation. But where you get your fiber matters, follow the tips below to make sure you’re getting the right kind of fiber.
1. Make sure your grains are whole grains. The first word in the ingredient list should be whole, it’s even better if the food package says 100% whole grain.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables – aim for at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day.
3. Start your day with oatmeal or whole grain cereal such as Cheerios, Frosted Mini Wheat, Kashi Shredded Wheat, Bran Chex.
4. Snack on nuts. 1 ounce of almonds (about 23) have 3.3 grams of fiber (13% Daily Value).