I agree - Fiber One has nothing to do with Kashi so the title is misleading. That said, inulin doesn't seem like the issue in "cereal bars" loaded with lots of sugar in different forms - the sugars seem a lot scarier to me.
Also, Kashi makes a wide variety of products, ranging from the whole grain pilaf, my favorite, which is totally unrefined, to those (to my taste) overly sweetened, high calorie convenience bars. I read labels to make sure I know what I am getting and to make sure I avoid purchasing anything that would affect family members with food allergies, including soy and milk.
One thing I discovered by accident - with nut, peanut, soy, egg, and milk allergies in the family and all the label reading that goes along with that list, we have ended up eating very clean as a family. That is pretty much the only way to avoid one of the allergens sneaking into our food.
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When food manufacturers choose a fiber to add to foods, they have many types to choose from. Some examples of fiber include oat bran, cellulose, and wheat bran. All of these fibers are indigestible by the body and can help slow digestion, making you feel full longer. Inulin may offer more health benefits than other fibers. Here’s a list of some of its benefits:
1. Inulin promotes healthy gut bacteria Pre- and pro-biotics are ‘good’ bacteria that help maintain gut health. Inulin is a probiotic. Foods like yogurt contain probiotics. Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics. In this way, inulin is part of a chain of bacteria that keeps your gut healthy and alleviates digestive problems.
2. Improve your digestive functions with inulin Like other fibers, inulin helps digestion, prevents constipation, and keeps you regular. A large reason for this is because of its probiotic properties.
3. Inulin can help manage diabetes Because inulin is not digested, it does not affect glucose levels. This makes it an appropriate food for diabetics. It is not counted as carbohydrate intake.
4. Improved bone health with inulin Preliminary studies suggest that adding inulin to calcium-rich foods like yogurt may boost calcium absorption. This is good news for your bones!
Inulin supplements There are lots of fiber supplements on the market. Just like with food, manufacturers use various fiber sources to create these supplements; some use inulin. Although fiber supplements help some people, it’s generally recommended to eat high-fiber, whole foods. When you eat real foods, you get all kinds of additional nutrients that you miss when you take a pill.
For further information on how to best include fiber in your healthy diet see the following article from TheDietChannel: What's The Best Source of Fibre: Pills or Food?
Is more inulin better? As with anything, remember that more is not necessarily better. There are no reports of inulin toxicity. However, it is still best to stick with foods naturally high in inulin such as onions, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, and garlic. These foods have centuries behind them to prove they are safe to eat.
Fiber One is made by General Mills, not Kashi. Please make sure you identify the correct manufacturer. I think Kashi has some great clean foods.
Edited by: WHITEKP at: 8/19/2008 (20:28)
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I'm confused...the article is talking about Fiber One but the title of the post refers to Kashi Products!!! What makes this form of fiber "unclean"?!?!? I don't eat Fiber One bars but I do eat Kashi cereals!!!
All I have to say is ICK. I wasn't one that enjoyed the taste of Kashi in the first place but all the other stuff ICK.
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It's crazy that those Fiber One Bars have that "BEST LIFE" icon on the box....people are being deceived by the marketing companies about what is healthy.
that's why I am so excited about Eating Clean...it takes out the guesswork of heath food. Stay in the produce and butcher section with an occasional visit to the dairy lane...stay away from processed foods...the proof is in the label....
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FIBER NONE 35% of the Daily Value of Fiber," shouts the label of the Fiber One Chewy Bars. "Sure you want fiber, but you want it to taste great!" "Great" according to General Mills, means bars bade out of chicory root extract (inulin), rolled oats, caramel flavored drops (mostly sugar and palm or palm kernal oil), crisp rice (mostly rice flour and sugar), and assorted sugars, oils, artificial colors, etc. It's more gooey than great.
What are the bars good for? Fiber can help satisfy your appetite and manage weight, says the label. Research suggestions that people who had higher fiber intakes tends to have heallthier body weights.
HUH? Those people were eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, not calorie dense bars made of caramel drops squeezed between oats and sweetened rice flour!
Fiber can also "help keep your digestive system on track," says the box. To most people that means fiber helps keep you regular. And thats true for some fibers (like wheat bran).
But inulin, the main fiber added to fiber one bars, had no clear impact on regularity in the best studies done so far. Bars from Atkins, Curves, Kashi and South Beach also add inulin or other isolated fibers to boost their fiber stats. Of course, companies have to pump up all the nutrients in their bars or people wouldnt buy them instead of real food.
**** read this article in a blog and had to post...just inspires me to keep eating clean!!!
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