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Eight Benefits of Prebiotic Dietary Fibers Summarized in 2018 Review

February 2, 2018 — The open access article “Health Effects and Sources of Prebiotic Dietary Fiber” was published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Following a brief review of the various definitions of prebiotic, the review article provides a summary of eight health benefits of prebiotic dietary fiber including the following: Effect on hind gut bacteria … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 For Health Professionals, GI Health - Microbiome, Research, Research Summaries

Talking with Patients about Fiber and their Health

January 24, 2018 — While trending diets and eating recommendations seem to be focused on elimination of specific foods or food components, it is important to advise patients on foods and ingredients they should consume – fiber being one of them. For example, numerous studies have shown fiber intake is associated with several positive health … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 For Health Professionals

Review published regarding dietary fiber in the GI tract and physiological effect

The article “The behavior of dietary fiber in the gastrointestinal tract determines its physiological effect” was published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Capuano reviews the various definitions used to describe dietary fiber and notes they all refer to carbohydrate polymers that are not digested or absorbed in the upper human intestine but … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 Research Summaries

Prebiotic Fiber Benefits Described by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics

In August 2017, the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) published a consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics that includes consideration of some non-digestible carbohydrates.  A review of the definition of prebiotics is offered with the evidence that these compounds can manipulate the host microbiome to benefit the host. Research … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 Research Summaries

Consensus Definition of Prebiotics Includes Role For Some Dietary Fibers

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has published a consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics that includes consideration of some non-digestible carbohydrates.  A review of the definition of prebiotics is offered with the evidence that these compounds can manipulate the host microbiome to benefit the host. Research continues to … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 Research Summaries

Appetite and Energy Intake Review

For your information, the article “A review of the characteristics of dietary fibers relevant to appetite and energy intake outcomes in human intervention trials” was published in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors summarize research to potentially elucidate properties of dietary fibers that affect appetite and energy intake. The … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 Research Summaries

Study Reports Whole Grain and Dietary Fiber in American Diets

For your information, Kranz, et al., authored the study “Whole Grains Contribute Only a Small Proportion of Dietary Fiber to the U.S. Diet” published in Nutrients. The study evaluated data from the 2003–2004 to 2009–2010 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine the relationship between whole grain (WG) foods and dietary fiber … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 Research Summaries

Prospective Study Explores The Association Of Dietary Fiber Intake And Risk Of Breast Cancer

Narita, et al., describe the findings of their study in an article titled “Dietary fiber intake and risk of breast cancer defined by estrogen and progesterone receptor status: the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study” published in Cancer Causes & Control. The researchers explored possible associations between dietary fiber intake and risk of breast cancer … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 Research Summaries

Food and Fiber Summit – Addressing the Fiber Gap

On January 28 2014, various researchers, educators, and communications experts convened at the Food & Fiber Summit in Washington, DC. The purpose of the summit was to identify barriers to achieving the daily fiber intake recommendations and to determine ways in which healthcare providers can encourage adequate consumption. The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) have published … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 For Health Professionals

High Fiber Chef: Cooking Tips to Prepare High Fiber Foods Like a Pro

Fiber is an essential component of the human diet that provides many health benefits, including digestive health and weight management. Fiber is sometimes called “roughage”, and refers to a type of carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are not digested by the body. The recommended daily fiber intake is 14 grams of … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 Feature Articles

Dietary Fiber May Reduce the Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

The article “Dietary fiber intake is inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer: a meta-analysis” was published in the January 2017 issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Mao, et al., conducted a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies to review evidence of the association between dietary fiber intake and the risk of pancreatic cancer … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 Research Summaries

Recommended Daily Intake

“Of the under-consumed nutrients, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D are considered nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns.” – Dietary Guidelines for American 2015-2020 (8th edition). In the United States, the recommended dietary fiber intake is 14g/1,000 kcal. For an average adult, this means a daily intake … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 Consumer Fact Sheets

Chicory Root Fiber, Inulin, Oligofructose And Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

Where It Comes From Inulin is a natural, soluble (dissolves in water) dietary fiber that is primarily derived from chicory root. Chicory is a biennial plant that is also known as succory, hendibeh, blue daisy, blue sandelion, blue weed and coffeeweed. How It’s Made           Inulin is present in numerous fruits and … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 Consumer Fact Sheets

Recommended Daily Intake

“Of the under-consumed nutrients, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D are considered nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns.” – Dietary Guidelines for American 2015-2020 (8th edition). In the United States, the recommended dietary fiber intake is 14g/1,000kcal. For an average adult, this means a daily intake of … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 For Health Professionals, Healthcare Fact Sheets

Possible Interactions between Dietary Fiber and Fat and Risk of Colorectal Cancer

The study “The Interaction between Dietary Fiber and Fat and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Women’s Health Initiative” by Navarro et al. explored possible associations between fiber (soluble, pectins, insoluble) and fatty acids (omega-3, DHA+EPA, and omega-6) and the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Researchers extrapolated data from the women’s health initiative (WHI), a … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 Research Summaries

A Review of Physiological Function and Health Effects of Polydextrose

A review entitled “Polydextrose: Physiological Function and Effects on Health” by Ramiro do Carmo et al. was published in Nutrients. The review examines the literature regarding the health effects of polydextrose (PDX) supplementation. PDX is not hydrolyzed by digestive enzymes in the small intestine and is therefore gradually and partially fermented by colonic microbiota with … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 Research Summaries

Fiber Benefits: Heart Health

As heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for Americans, the need for healthcare providers to advise patients on lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk and complications for cardiovascular disease. One of these choices is to increase fiber consumption since Americans only consumer approximately half of the recommended daily intake of … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 For Health Professionals

How Meal Planning Can Help You Get Enough Fiber in Your Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle takes a lot of work, but one thing, in particular, can help you achieve the health goals you set for yourself: planning. For some people, planning comes naturally, but for others it takes some time and effort to make it a regular part of their lifestyle. Whether you’re scheduling … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 Feature Articles

Study Suggests That Understanding of Dietary Fiber is Low Among Consumers Globally

For your information, “Knowledge about dietary fibre: a fibre study framework” by Guiné, et al., was published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. The articles describes findings from a survey that 6,000 individuals from 10 countries (Argentina, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania and Turkey) completed regarding their knowledge of … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 Research Summaries

Fabulous Fiber: What It Is, What It Does, and Where To Get It

If a healthful diet were a high-fashion wardrobe, dietary fiber would be the sensible shoes.  And, like sensible shoes, fiber isn’t glamorous, but it can take you where you need to go. What is dietary fiber?  Dietary fiber is a type of complex carbohydrate that has two forms: insoluble and soluble. Humans don’t have the … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 Feature Articles

Addressing the Fiber Gap Can Improve Gut Microbiome Diversity

In a new article from the University of Alberta, titled “The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Nutrition,” authors provide an overview of the evidence regarding dietary fibers and the microbiome. The article, which was published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, reviews data which suggests low fiber diets may reduce … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 For Health Professionals

Chicory Root Fiber, Inulin, Oligofructose And Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

Source Chicory (Cichorium intibus L.) is a biennial plant in the Asteraceia family that is also known as succory, hendibeh, blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue weed and coffeeweed. The root stores the carbohydrate energy known as inulin.1 Background Inulin is present in numerous fruits and vegetables. It has been consumed by man since ancient times, … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 Healthcare Fact Sheets

Polydextrose

Source Corn Background Polydextrose is made of many dextrose (glucose) carbohydrates that randomly bond together and form a polymer. Polydextrose is produced from naturally occurring components.  The 1,6-glucosidic linkage predominates in the polymer but α- and β-1,2; 1,3; 1,4 linkages are also present.  Polydextrose is a multi-purpose food ingredient used to replace sugar, fat and … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 Healthcare Fact Sheets

Resistant Maltodextrin (Soluble Corn Fiber)

Fiber Name Resistant Maltodextrin (Soluble Corn Fiber) Source Corn Background Soluble Corn Fiber has been available on the US market since 2007 and it is used in foods and beverages across the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. Soluble Corn Fiber is produced from corn through enzymatic hydrolysis of corn starch. It has a low viscosity, … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 Healthcare Fact Sheets

Oat Beta-Glucan Soluble Fiber

Fiber Name(s) Names and aliases: oat beta-glucan, oat bran fiber, oat bran soluble fiber, oat fiber, oat soluble fiber The chemical names and synonyms for oat beta-glucan include the following: β-D-glucan (1-3),(1-4)- β-D-glucan Source Oats Background People have been growing and eating oats for more than 2000 years.  Today numerous food products containing oats are … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 Healthcare Fact Sheets

Animal Study Shows Possible Mechanism for Fiber’s Role in Reducing Appetite

ATLANTA (September 8, 2014) — Researchers find possible mechanism to explain why fiber is associated with reduced appetite, according to a new study by Frost et al. published in Nature Communications. In the study, the researchers supplemented high-fat diets of mice with a highly digestible fiber, inulin, or a poorly digested fiber, cellulose. The feces … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 Research Summaries

Increased Fiber Intake Beneficial for Reducing Heart Attack Risk After Previous Heart Attack

ATLANTA (September 8, 2014) — Increasing your intake of fiber after a heart attack may reduce your risk of a subsequent heart attack, according to a recent study by Li et al. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, reviewed data from two large studies, the Nurses’ Health Study, which followed 121,700 U.S. female nurses, and … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 Research Summaries

Study in Mice Shows Benefit of Fiber to Reduce Allergic Reactions

ATLANTA (April 30, 2014) — Previous studies have shown the benefit of fiber on digestive health, but according to a study published in Nature Medicine, consumption of fiber may also help with reducing inflammation caused by allergic reaction. In the study, researchers examined the effect of dietary fiber on inflammation response in mice fed either … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 Research Summaries

Review Finds Increased Fiber Intake Reduces Heart Attacks and Other Cardiovascular Events

ATLANTA (February 12, 2014) —  A recent review has found that an additional seven grams per day of dietary fiber can lower risk of heart disease by 9%. The findings appeared online December 19 in the British Medical Journal. The authors reviewed more than 20 studies from 1990 to 2013 to determine the effect of dietary fiber … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 Research Summaries

Increased Fiber Intake May Protect Against Risk of Stroke

ATLANTA (August 1, 2013) — A study published in Stroke found that people who ate more dietary fiber were less like to have a stroke. In a study entitled “Dietary Fiber Intake and Risk of First Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, authors Threapleton et al looked at past literature to determine if there was any association between total … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 Research Summaries

The Calorie Control Council Responds to Inaccurate Media Reports about Fiber and Satiety

Despite some media reports to the contrary, the findings presented in the study “Fermentable Fibers do not Affect Satiety or Food Intake by Women Who do not Practice Restrained Eating,”1 do not demonstrate that fiber does not lead to the feeling of fullness (also known as satiety). As the study authors noted, “The health benefits … Continue reading

August 12, 2012 Statements

Fiber-Rich Diet Linked to Longevity

People who consumed higher amounts of fiber, particularly from grains, had a significantly lower risk of dying over a nine-year period compared to those who consumed lower amounts of fiber, according to a new National Institutes of Health study. Fiber, found in whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruits aids the body with bowel movements, … Continue reading

March 3, 2011 Research Summaries