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What is Prebiotic Corn Fiber?

Posted by Tony Leonardi on


So, what is the deal with prebiotic corn fiber, and why is it in your bars?

I have to admit that as we started to develop our bar recipe, I really didn’t know what prebiotic corn fiber was or why we should have it in our bars. As we’ve stated before, we are as passionate about what we do not include in our bars, as we are about what we do include. So, we approached this ingredient with some skepticism.

After many hours or research and study, I can say with confidence that this is an ingredient that we want in our bars, and one that I want in my diet.

I found the following definition of Prebiotic Soluble Corn Fiber at HealthResource.com

http://healthresource.shaklee.com/Ingredients/corn-fiber/

Corn Fiber (Soluble)

Derived from corn (Zea mays) starch using enzymatic hydrolysis, this particular type of soluble fiber has been found to have a low glycemic index (does not rapidly raise blood sugar) and promotes digestive health by stimulating the growth of good bacteria (prebiotic effects). Unlike other prebiotic fibers, soluble corn fiber has been found to be very well tolerated with minimal gastrointestinal side effects.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? I still wanted to learn more, so the research continued.

I love this article from Today’s Dietician:

http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/120913p32.shtml

“High-fiber foods have been shown time and again to increase satiety, reduce heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk, and enhance digestive health. But despite these benefits, most people fall short of the recommended daily requirements, averaging only 15 g per day—far below the suggested daily fiber intake of 25 to 38 g for adolescents and adults.”

“Evidence suggests that soluble corn fiber is well tolerated and has many of the same health benefits associated with intact dietary fiber found in grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruit. While high-fiber diets often are associated with GI discomfort, such as excessive gas production, studies have demonstrated that soluble corn fiber is well tolerated even at a high intake level of 65 g/day when given in multiple doses and is better tolerated than inulin, a naturally occurring fiber extracted from chicory root. Moreover, soluble corn fiber improves intestinal regularity and has prebiotic properties. When used in place of available carbohydrates, soluble corn fiber supports healthy blood glucose control by eliciting a lower glycemic response. It also may support bone health by increasing calcium absorption.”

“Consuming enough fiber continues to be a challenge for individuals and food and nutrition professionals. In fact, according to the International Food Information Council 2013 functional foods consumer survey, 67% of respondents thought they were meeting their fiber requirements; in reality, only 5% of consumers were getting sufficient amounts of dietary fiber. The difficulty in meeting the dietary recommendations for intact fibers from whole grains, vegetables, and fruits alone has caused many in the health care community to believe functional fibers can help consumers meet their fiber goals.”

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