Fiber

Feed your gut

Why we need it

Fiber – such as the soluble fiber inulin in our Adult Complete and Fiber supplements – can act as a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria living in our gut, helping them to flourish and multiple within the large intestine.* Bacteria in our gut help promote normal gastrointestinal function, proper hormonal function1, a healthy metabolism, and a healthy immune system.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How much do I need?

According to the Institute of Medicine, most people should get at least 25 grams of total dietary fiber per day3.

Why we include it

Although there are plenty of food sources of fiber, some research shows that many Americans only get about 15 to 16 grams of fiber per day4. For days when your diet is less than perfect, SmartyPants fiber products provide just enough soluble fiber to close the gap.

How can I get it in my diet?

Insoluble fiber is found in foods including wheat bran, whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables, seeds, and nuts:

  • ½ cup wheat bran – 11 g
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds – 11 g
  • ½ cup wheat germ – 8.5 g
  • 2 Tbs flax seeds – 8 g
  • 1 cup raspberries – 8 g
  • ¼ cup almonds – 7 g
  • 1 cup broccoli – 3 g
  • 1 green apple – 3 g

Soluble fiber is found in foods including avocados, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, squash, starchy tubers (sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams), carrots, turnips, beets, and plantains:

  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato – 8 g
  • ½ avocado – 7 g
  • 1 cup sliced taro root – 7 g
  • 1 cup mashed plantains – 5 g
  • 1 cup black beans – 5 g
  • ½ cup dried figs – 4 g
  • 1 cup carrots – 4 g
  • 1 banana – 3 g

We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.

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  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6231418
  2. http://www.immunologyexplained.co.uk/HowItWorks.aspx
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22709768
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