According to Lambeau & McRorie (2017), only 5% of adults consume the recommended amount of fiber! And even worse, many fiber supplements do not actually provide the health benefit that is associated with dietary fiber.
Dietary fiber is shown in research to help with many functions in our body, such as bowel regularity, improving short-term glycemic control, and reducing cardiovascular disease including lowering LDL cholesterol. Beta-glucan has a special gel-forming fiber that significantly increase the viscosity of chyme in the small intestine, slowing down the absorption of glucose. Chyme is a thin liquid composed of nutrients and digestive enzymes which is absorbed readily in the intestines. Other fibers that are non-viscous soluble fiber like inulin, wheat dextrin, guar gum along with insoluble fiber like wheat bran do not have this gel-forming ability.
But what about long term glycemic control in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes? Short term (postprandial) glycemic control is very important for acute glycemic effects of fiber, but what about a more long-term effect of fiber? Multiple studies have shown that gel-forming fibers like psyllium or B-glucan show a reduction in fasting serum glucose, insulin, and Ab A1 C in patients with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (Lambeau & McRorie, 2017).
The increase in chyme viscosity by gel-forming dietary fiber also lowers elevated serum cholesterol by trapping and eliminating bile (McRorie & Fahey, 2015). Read Lambeau & McRorie (2017) for a detailed technical Review
How much fiber do you need? Institute of medicine recommends 25 grams for women, and 38 grams for men per day.
Order Now: Beta Glucan Synbiotic has the American Heart Association Seal of Approval for healthy heart dietary fiber. 2 tablespoon a day is the suggested use.
- Lambeau, K.V., McRorie, J.W. Jr. (2017). Fiber supplements and clinically proven health benefits: How to recognize and recommend an effective fiber therapy. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract, 29(4), 216-223. Article
- McRorie, J., & Fahey, G. (2015). Fiber supplements and clinically meaningful health benefits: Identifying the physiochemical characteristics of fiber that drive specific physiologic effects. In T. C. Wallace (Ed.), The CRC handbook on dietary supplements in health promotion (pp. 161–206). Florence, KY: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
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Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50%. A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits. (Walter Willett MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2019)
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