Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I had previously listed Kellogg Fiber Plus Bars as one of the "diet foods" I couldn't live without. This weekend I went grocery shopping and the store was completely sold out of them. I was practically in tears. I knew I only had one more left at home.
Yesterday I brought my one remaining bar into work with me to have with my afternoon snack. Then I planned to stop by another store on my way home from work to buy some more. Luckily, it was pouring down rain when I left work, so I opted to skip the store.
This morning I received my Weekly Spark email with a link to an article about "stealth fiber" and how "high fiber" foods aren't as good for you as we've been led to believe. You can read the full article here:
But, to summarize, the types of "fiber" that are added to foods like snack bars, yogurt, ice cream, etc. are not the kinds of fiber you think of when you are worrying about meeting your minimum fiber requirements. There are three types of "fiber": inulin, polydextrose, and multodextrin that the FDA has allowed companies to list as dietary fiber, but they have not been shown to provide any of the health benefits of fiber. While some of them have been shown to slightly boost digestive health, it's not nearly on the scale of real fiber and none of them have been shown to have any heart health benefits.
On top of that, inulin has been known to cause various digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, and flatulence. Inulin is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in large quantities in Chicory Root. Chicory Root Extract is the number one ingredient in my Fiber Plus bars.
So most of the fiber in my Fiber Plus bars is "fake fiber" that is providing me with little to no health benefit. Darn them!!! From now on I think I am going to go back to eating All Bran cereal as a good source of fiber. None of the fake fibers are on the ingredient list for my All Bran Strawberry Medley cereal.