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No More Fiber Plus Bars

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.
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  • DEBORAH2230
    Wow! I did not know that there were different types of fiber! And I love those bars too! This is so frustrating! I guess I will only eat them when I am craving a candy bar.
    2814 days ago
  • XENA1956
    I love those bars too but I only have them a couple of times a week or when I am hiking or kayaking for energy. Must have balance in all things
    2879 days ago
    If you get more fruit in your diet, like blackberries or blueberries, that will take care of your fiber issues! I am over in fiber almost all the time!!
    2880 days ago
    This is why I love this site.... it gives you the information you need to live a healthy life without the fake stuff. Thanks for posting the article it was one I missed.

    2880 days ago
  • BETH0279
    I love those bars, and yes the fiber is unnatural, but my body is used to it. :) I refuse to give up my "candy bar" :)
    2880 days ago
    I also loved those bars, but I have been having a terrible time with constipation and gas. I wonder if the inulin is the culprit.
    2880 days ago
    Wow...this blog really makes me think. I was just complaining about getting all of my fiber in, yet still being constipated. I love my Fiber Plus bars but now I wonder if that's the culprit. I will definitely make some changes and see what that does. Perfect timing!
    2880 days ago
    Those were also one of my favorites. I guess it is good-bye to the Fiber Plus bars. Disappointing, but I'm glad to know the truth.

    2880 days ago
    WOW not only is this an eye opener I am so upset that this tasted so good and the fiber was a lie!!!! How annoying is that...makes me wonder what else these food companies are hiding....it's just like the diet coke issue, you think it's okay but the stuff they use to sweeten it is a chemical that is not good for you and increases cravings of "bad" foods...frustrating!!!

    Thank you for sharing and education us!
    2880 days ago
  • KIMMAS82
    So frustrating!! It's so hard to know what you can and can't believe!!
    2880 days ago
    I am right there with you! It's so frustrating when you try to do the right thing (adding more fiber to your diet) and then find out it's not right at all! I thought the same thing when I read that article this morning! UGGH!!!!
    2880 days ago
    While I'm bummed b/c I justified my Fiber One Bar dependence on "35% fiber!! How can that be bad for you?!?" I appreciate the info. Time to scale waaaay back on these! Thanks for the heads up!
    2880 days ago
    Don'tcha hate being deceived? Always makes me wonder what else is pulling the wool over our eyes!
    2880 days ago
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