What is Fiber?
A key to digestive health

What is Fiber?

Fiber is a type of non-digestible carbohydrate found in certain foods and also available as a dietary supplement. Fiber is essential for digestive health and different types of fiber can offer a variety of health benefits including:

  • Helps you feel full: Fiber adds bulk to your foods, which offers an extended feeling of fullness when you eat.
  • Aids bowel regularity: Fiber absorbs water and adds bulk in stool, which helps propel your natural bowel movement and contributes to keeping you regular.
  • Helps microbiome thrive: Many fibers promote the growth of the good bacteria in the lower portion of the digestive tract, which also aids in digestive balance.
  • Can lower cholesterol: The consistency of certain fibers helps absorb bile salts, forcing your body to utilize cholesterol to make more bile.
  • Can assist in the management of blood sugar: Some fibers help slow the absorption of the sugars in your food, which can help keep your blood sugar more level.

The Fiber Gap

On average, US adults take in only 17 grams of fiber on a daily basis—much lower than recommended levels.

FODMAPs & Fiber

Fiber sources and ingredients such as inulin (chicory root) and FOS (fructooligosaccharides) are high in FODMAPs.  Additionally, many high-fiber foods are high in FODMAPs. This can make it difficult for people on the Low FODMAP diet to get the recommended amount of fiber on a daily basis. To help get the fiber you need, here are some low FODMAP foods that provide 3g or more of fiber per serving:

  • 1 cup carrots
  • ½ cup squash
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup chopped peppers
  • ½ cup sweet potato
  • 1 unripe banana
  • 1 large kiwi
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

For those still struggling to get enough fiber in their diet, ProNourish® Natural Balance Fiber can help.

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Low Fiber & Other Causes
of Constipation

A diet low in fiber is commonly known to cause constipation. But several other factors can also cause irregularity, including:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stress or changes to daily routine (e.g., travel)
  • Certain medicines (including narcotics for pain)
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Certain health conditions (including, but not limited to, diabetes, hypothyroidism or inflammatory bowel disease)

If constipation is a regular issue for you, consult a medical professional.