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999 7/25/09 1:00 P
I eat Fiber One bars all the time. They gave me problems at first when I wasn't used to all the fiber. It says on the box to make sure to increase your fiber grams slowly. I do switch between Kellogs FiberPlus bars, fiber one bars, and South Beach has new fiber bars that are extremly good! I only eat fiber bars now instead of any other granola bars.
I had been buying boxes of these and eating them once in a while as a treat - they taste great and are SERIOUSLY addictive. It's really hard to eat just one. It took me a long time to figure out the link between this bar and the major gas it causes. I tried cutting out soy flour and even tried quitting milk and cheese for a while, but finally linked it back to whatever is in these bars. Believe me, I eat a ton of fiber (i heart oat bran), so it's not just the fiber. Plus, the first ingredient in the chocolate chip oat flavor is chicory root - i think the other flavors also have chicory root as a main ingredient, but chicory root is an appetite stimulant! I had no idea! No wonder they are so addictive! So, the compulsion to eat two+ at a time only compounds the whole gas problem. I just bought a box a week ago and I'm going to have to leave them in the office or give them to a homeless person or something, because there is no way I'm subjecting myself to this magical fart-bar ever again. :P
Edited by: BOOTYBOT at: 7/25/2009 (00:36)
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7/24/09 9:32 P
Wow, I'm surprised at how many people have a problem with these things! I've been eating them for over a year now and never had a problem. I wonder why??
I went through a phase where I ate a lot of fiber one and south beach bars and I was a smelly monster! I kept thinking it was just because my body was adjusting to getting more fiber, but it was not. I've given them up since then because I decided it wasn't worth smelling up the house
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4,037 7/24/09 8:26 P
The one thing I've noticed, after reading a lot of nutrition statements and packages, many of these bars contain sugar alcohol which can cause digestion issues, including gas and bloating. I searched until I found one that had less sugar, more protein and no HFCS.
Read the label please. Is this what you want to put in you body? The fiber is not the problem ,the carbohydrates and sugars are. Eleven grams of sugar per bar. What is your quota for sugars per day?
Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 bar (40.0 g)
Amount Per Serving Calories 130Calories from Fat 18 % Daily Value* Total Fat 2.0g3% Saturated Fat 0.5g3% Sodium 120mg5% Total Carbohydrates 31.0g10% Dietary Fiber 9.0g36% Sugars 11.0g Protein 2.0g
Vitamin A 0% � Vitamin C 0% Calcium 10% � Iron 0%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
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Energy 130 kcal Protein 2 g Total lipid (fat) 2 g Carbohydrate, by difference 31 g Fiber, total dietary 9 g Sugars, total 11 g Calcium, Ca 100 mg Sodium, Na 120 mg Fatty acids, total saturated 0.5 g Breakdown Daily Values
Legend Fat Protein Carbs Alcohol Other
General rule of thumb, when comparing competing "health" foods the one with the fewest ingredients is the one which is the best for you.
I love these bars!!! Had the gas to begin with, then started taking a "generic" gas-x pill afterward. I work in a call center and can't afford to live in the restroom because of gas. Don't have as many problems now as I think my system has gotten used to them.
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37 7/23/08 12:24 P
I love the oats and peanut butter.....They are scrumptious and filling.....everyone I work with has gas problems! We just make sure we dont all eat them the same day....hee hee!!
7/23/08 12:07 P
I love these bars - my favorite is the Oats and Caramel (they taste like Oatmeal Scotchies one of my favorite cookies, minus the guilt!). I haven't experienced any gas or bloating, but I eat a pretty high fiber diet because I have IBS. If you don't eat enough fiber regularly than your body can definitely experience some changes as you try to integrate it into your system. But it definitely helps with weight-loss and regularity!
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7/23/08 12:03 P
The chocolate are my favorite! But they do give me gas. I had a friend try them and she said the same thing. Good for a sweet healthy snack every now and then.
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457 7/23/08 11:27 A
I just tried one yesterday, the chocolate and oat fiber one bars, but I didn't have any problems/side effects at all. I guess I'm another lucky one. My boss eats them without problems, but her family complains about gas, and will ONLY eat them on the weekends. I know having flatulance can be an embarrassing episode, but it's completely natural. Don't let gas get in the way of your life. Fiber is WAY more important.
There is definitely some un-healthy stuff in the Fiber 1 bars (see below). The GNU bars are much healthier, have more fiber, and none of the side effects IMHO, but are a little harder to find (I used google and found them at the Vitamin Shoppes near here).
I'm in there with most of you. I eat the Fiberone bars for a treat. They taste so sweet it's like a treat for me...almost as if I'm cheating myself. Yes, gas is a major issue when I eat them. Majorly, but that's always my issue when I eat lots of fiber. I have learned that I have to live with it if I want to have my daily fiber intake.
7/22/08 10:59 P
OMG!!! I bought some on vacation a few weekends ago, to take with me in the car. They taste great, but I farted all the way to Florida, during the entire weekend and all the way back! My husband was not pleased. I can't buy these again. I came back from the trip and told my co-workers about them. I am steering clear, although they did clear me out. But, imagine having that problem at work! No way!!!
BTW, I drink 12-13 cups of water a day, so that did not prevent the gas.
Edited by: TOTALREDO2013 at: 7/22/2008 (22:59)
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8,483 7/22/08 10:32 P
I have been having one or two Fibre One bars for breakfast for weeks now with no problems. I guess I am lucky. I just bought some Kashi almond bars to try so I'll see if they bother me.
I've never had the problem. Fiber one & the Caribian(?) bars are the only ones I eat now, but then when I eat them it is in the morning with my 1-2 cups of coffee. The new strawberry fiber one bar is awsume, it is now my favorite out of them all.
Yikes, this string is kind of interesting that so many people had the same reaction I did with the Fiber 1 bars. I finally also ate half at a time. But what is going on with the Fiber One bars when other bars with the same fiber don't cause that problem? Something is not right.
I completely disagree. I can eat several other types of bars, with more fiber than Fiber 1 bars have, with no problems whatsoever. But those Fiber 1 bars made me so uncomfortable I tossed the last one, like I said earlier. I'll look at the ingredients next time I see them in the store--they have to have something else in them besides fiber. Too many other people have the exact same reaction I do, and it's NOT due to the fiber content alone.
When i first started caring about fiber i went crazy on it and I had the same problem. Its because your body isn't used to getting that much. Bacteria in your intestines eat the fiber and than produce gas, that what causes us to bloat. If you try to eat too much fiber, the bacteria go crazy like a starving man would on a vegas buffet. so i would watch what other fiber sources you are eating and try to keep it between 24 and 30 grams a day.
I have the same problem but for me, I think it's because of the fiber in them. I've started monitoring my fiber intake in the nutrition tracker and the days when I eat the Fiber One cereal AND have a Fiber One bar, that's when it's worse. Also, depending what else I eat that day, it sometimes takes me over my recommended allowance of fiber for the day. It's fine on the days I'm not in my fiber range though.
I hate 'em. Don't know what they put in them, but there are several other bars out there that have MORE fiber and NONE of the side effects. I bought 2 boxes of Fiber One bars and finally tossed the last bar--I couldn't put myself through the discomfort again! So not worth it!!!
There are other ways to get just as much fiber without the gas, so why bother?
I usually drink a bottle of water or two glasses of water while I'm eating a bar, seems to help me. When you're taking in that much fiber at once, make sure you're getting a lot of water that day or else you'll have some 'trouble'. :P
Try upping your water by an extra glass or 2 on those days you eat a Fiber One bar. I found that when I ate the Fiber One cereal, if I didn't drink between 10-12 glasses of water (some before, during, and after eating the cup of it) I was so painfully cramped over and bloated.
But if you're needing a good cleanse, you can't beat it!
Just a note, but Fiber One bars have Shellac in them. I just read that at another message board.
7/21/08 5:25 P
OMG those things are awful! They taste great but my family almost had to move out! My DD kept yelling "Run for your life!!" My dogs didn't even want to sleep in the bed with me anymore! It was kind of hilarious but also embarrassing. I recommend Luna Bars instead.
If you're constipated you might try magnesium. I was constipated my entire life, trying anything and everything. Then someone suggested a magnesium supplement and it really helped a lot - without the embarrassing side effects! LOL!
7/21/08 4:48 P
Same here! The fiber one bars make me a little gassy but they are doing a good job of keeping things moving.... and they taste awesome!!
Oh yeah, I had this problem BIG TIME. Do a Google search on "Fiber One bar" and "gas" and see all the hits that come up!
I ate them for several weeks (I loved the chocolate, too!) but the problem only got worse and worse. Once I figured out it was the Fiber One bars causing it, I switched over to Kashi and Luna bars instead. Much cleaner, and without the maltodextrin that causes all the intestinal distress!
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7/21/08 4:35 P
You're not the only one. I try to split the bar up in two and spread it out throughout the day. I find eating it on an empty stomach will cause the gas and bloating, even at half a bar.
I can't say whether it'll go away or not as I don't eat them on a regular basis...just when I know I need to get some more fiber in me.
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