Health pro on Sirius Radio clears up the confusion about fiber

insoluble and soluble fiber

September 19, 2016

Your body needs fiber. That much, most people know. But what fiber does, how much you need and where to get it may be unclear. Thankfully Sirius Radio asked registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler to answer these common questions and reduce the confusion about fiber. We were overjoyed that this health author and former TV host suggested gluten-free Sunfiber as an ideal supplement for those needing to boost their daily fiber intake. And as Stoler explained, that’s most of us.
Fiber basics
Fiber comes from plants. “It’s really what gives the plant its structure,” explained Stoler. She said that there are two different types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in your body. Insoluble fiber stays close to its original form as it passes through your digestive system. Your body needs both. Stoler warned that even people who eat plenty of produce may not be getting enough fiber. “Fruits and vegetables don’t have a lot of fiber,” she said. “You need 27 to 30 grams of fiber daily. Most Americans get less than 10 grams of fiber in a day.”
Fiber helps to keep you regular
Without adequate fiber you may experience digestive issues. “You may have a hard time going to the bathroom,” said Stoler. “(Your stool) may be a little too hard. Or sometimes people go too frequently. They have loose stools. So what people may need is a regulating fiber.” A regulating fiber such as Sunfiber helps whether you have occasional constipation or diarrhea. This soluble fiber has other benefits, too. It helps lower cholesterol levels, supports immune health and may also help you manage your weight.
Where to get fiber
Whole grains, nuts and beans are rich sources of fiber. Stoler said that people limiting gluten in their diets may have a difficult time getting adequate fiber. “I hate to bum people out, but wheat products have the greatest amount of fiber,” she said. “So I like to recommend a fiber supplement. Sunfiber is from guar bean.” This gluten-free soluble fiber is a regulating fiber and is backed by more than 100 clinical studies. It has no added side effects, unlike some other fiber supplements. Plus it’s odorless, colorless and flavorless. “You can add it to most beverages or foods,” said Stoler. “It’s a great way to help you stay regular and keep your GI tract healthy.”

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  • Sunfiber

    Sunfiber is a true regulating dietary fiber and prebiotic for maintaining digestive health and microflora balance. It is tasteless, colorless, odorless and 100% water-soluble. Sunfiber is well tolerated and does not lead to the typical bloating, cramping and gas production that other fibers are known for.


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