Nutrition research has shown that protein and fiber help people with satiety. While most Americans consume adequate amounts of protein or more, fiber consumption is way below the recommended value of 25 grams per day.
Dietary fibers are carbohydrates that do not get absorbed by our digestive system. They help us feel fuller, so we eat less, and they fill an important role in intestinal chemistry, or what some people call “keeping regular”. It’s important to get enough fiber into our system in order to keep the pipes flowing. Unfortunately, modern diets have depleted fiber from most people’s meals, through highly refined foods.
Fiber can be found in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Since most people don’t consume enough of these foods, they come up short on fiber.
The processed food industry, always one step ahead, has come to our “rescue”. Companies have started adding fiber to many processed products, yogurts, snack bars, and, yes, even candy and beverages.
In many cases, inulin is the main source of fiber. Why is this a problem?