Which Dietary Fiber Supplement Is Best for Me and My Diet?
95 percent of Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diet1. Getting enough dietary fiber is important to maintain your digestive wellness, but it can be difficult to eat the daily recommended amount of high-quality, fiber-rich foods. On average, it takes about 7 apples, 9 cups of carrots, 9 bananas or 13 cups of broccoli to reach the recommended amount of fiber Americans from 18 to 50 years old should consume each day.
Dietary fiber supplements are a fast and easy way to increase fiber without significantly increasing calories, carbs, or sugar. So, if you feel that you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet, read on to learn why you should be taking fiber supplements, and which supplement you should be taking.
Aren’t all fiber supplements the same?
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT FIBERS
Wheat Bran (food Sources)
Wheat Dextrin (Benefiber)
Inulin (Fiber choice)
Calcium Polycarphil (FiberCon©)
Methyl- cellulose (Quaker Oats©)
B-glucan (Quaker Oats©)
Helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels*
Reduces the risk of Cardiovascular Disease by lowering elevated serum cholesterol levels+
Treats occasional constipation
What are good sources of fiber?
TYPE OF FIBER
Wheat Bran(food sources)
-Does not dissolve in water
-Nonviscous, readily fermented
Calcium Polycarbophil (FiberCon©)
-Viscous, non gel-forming,
What is psyllium husk?
1Quagliani, Diane, and Patricia Felt-Gunderson. "Closing America's Fiber Intake Gap: Communication Strategies From a Food and Fiber Summit." American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. July 07, 2016. Accessed May 24, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124841/
Adapted from: Lambeau KV, McRorie JW Jr. Fiber supplements and clinically proven health benefits: How to recognize and recommend an effective fiber therapy. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2017 Apr;29(4):216-223. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28252255