Fiber Supplements

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    Oct 19, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    Does anyone take any sort of fiber supplement. I have low fiber intake a day. I eat fruits and vegetables, just not as much as I should in a 2.8k calorie diet. Plus, I am a vegetarian who is addicted to pasta and frozen veggies.

    Anywho as it is, I do a protein powder with a smoothie in the morning and Iw as wondering if I should start adding fiber to my diet. I know I should do it the natural way, but I don't have a car so I take the bus to the grocery store (every two-weeks) and it is usually a 2-3 hr excursion.

    Thanks for the help,
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    Hey,

    I don't take a supplement for fibre, but I do make sure I get enough fibre in my diet. My father's side of the family has terrible trouble with GI issues. My grandmother had colyn polyps (benign, thankfully) and her daughter (my aunt) has Crohn's disease.

    So after all of this happened, I realized that genetics play a huge role in GI diseases, so I upped my fibre - I mix 1/2 a cup to 1 cup (depending on how much fibre I plan to eat from other sources that day) of All-Bran (or comparable bran cereal) with a little bit of Honey Nut Cheerios or other sweeter cereal in the mornings.

    Delicious? No. Passable, and about 26 grams of fibre? Yes. It feels like I'm taking a supplement sometimes, lol.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. I just went and bought 3/4 a peck of apples. I figured for the Fall if I have a banana and an apple a day that is a good start and then I can go to grains for the others from cereal or frozen veggies.

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    Oct 19, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    Fiber is pretty easy to get eveything plant based basically has it
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    Oct 19, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    Surprisingly, no it isn't.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    The cheapest fiber supplement is psyllium husk. It mixes well in a blender with your shake. But that is only soluble fiber. You cannot find an insoluble fiber supplement and that is the stuff that really scrapes your guts clean.

    But honestly, if you are addicted to pasta you should be eating Barilla Pasta Plus. In a serving it has 17g of protein and 7g of fiber. And for a whole grain pasta is is delicious.

    I don't think anyone should take nutritional dietary supplements for their normal everyday needs. If your pasta is white wheat, switch to the Plus. If you eat frozen veggies, don't eat the starchy, icky ones. Take a look at your total diet and make more sensible choices.
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    Oct 20, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    Hah it is if you eat right. I'm getting more than enough fiber by eating homemade 7 grain bread. that and using a recipe for muffins that subs in flaxseed paste instead of a more traditional fat, like butter,
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    Greygull saidHah it is if you eat right. I'm getting more than enough fiber by eating homemade 7 grain bread. that and using a recipe for muffins that subs in flaxseed paste instead of a more traditional fat, like butter,


    Yes but we are not all pastry chefs dear, I know only two other people besides my self who can actually mke there own bread and only a few more who can make things like muffins.

    When your not much of a cook, its far more difficult to get a good serving of fiber every day, yes fruits and veg will get you part way there, but, not completely.

    I eat all bran cereal every day which helps icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    Like liltanker, I eat a cup of high fiber cereal that has 9 grams in it. I also eat at least 3 to 4 pieces of fruit a day and salad as well.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    I definitely recommend going the whole wheat pasta route. I haven't checked out Barilla Plus, but usually when you get words like "Plus" on the package or "enriched" it's just white starchy pasta with some of the good stuff put back in, you're really not getting all the benefits of truly whole wheat bread or pasta.

    The best bet is to look at the ingredients list. For pasta it should say "whole wheat flour, water" and that's it. "Wheat flour" is just wonder bread flour that's no good, "enriched wheat flour" also not as good.

    Shop around to find the whole wheat pasta you like. I recommend Trader Joes, you can usually trust that everything there is the real deal (still check the ingredients list). Whole wheat pasta tastes the same to me but has a slightly different bite that I actually enjoy.

    I also go for the whole grain cereal. At a normal grocery store the only stuff you can really count on is the Kashi brand, everything else has all kinds of other crap in it, and far fewer nutrients. If you shop at Trader Joes on the other hand (sorry to keep plugging it, but I really love that place) I usually get "Golden Flax" cereal and "Optimum Power" cereal. Good stuff!

    As far as fiber supplements, aside from just eating more fruits and vegetables, I also go for the Psyllium Husk Powder (you can also get that from Trader Joes or Whole Foods or something). I just put a scoop at the bottom of a tall glass, fill it with water, and pour it down the hatch. Not the most pleasant beverage but it gets the job done. Much better than fibersol, or ensure or whatever they call it, who know what's in that stuff.
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    Oct 21, 2008 5:02 AM GMT


    I have studied up extensively on fiber and one of the main reasons that people are suffering from so many gastronomical issues and colon cancers is due to the fact they do not get enough fiber.

    You have read about eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away...well that's true. (Good source of insoluble fiber)

    I like fruits, vegies and nuts, that's what I eat the most. Now, I do take a great fiber supplement that you can find in most health food stores. I like what was mentioned.... Pure Plantago Husks....phyllium.

    This is my daily mix:
    -1 scoop psyllium-Soluble Fiber
    -1 scoop flax seed-Insoluble Fiber
    -a fresh squeezed lemon
    -emergence-C vitamin fizz packet
    -Pomegranate juice

    Even if I take in enough fiber I still take this drink. Most really never consume enough daily. Fiber is what helps keep your system clean.

    The ancient Egyptians took it years ago. The benefits are many and it might even help clean up some bad skin issues or other problems with your stomach....

    Also anyone who is on a high protein diet really needs to take this added supplement. You will feel soooo much better if you do!

    If I take a protein supplement I do not add my fibber in it. I do the at different times and then I can actually get them down. They can both be hard to swallow.


    Handy chart...just make sure your pop up blocker is on http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/soluble-fiber-foods-list.html

    Flax Fights Constipation

    http://www.flaxhealth.com/howflaxhelps.htm

    Flax is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. One ounce of flax provides 32% of the USDA’s reference daily intake of fiber. Flax promotes regular bowel movements because it is high in insoluble fiber. Flaxseed's all natural fiber helps to absorb water, thereby softening the stool and allowing it to pass through the colon quickly. When adding fiber to your diet, it is important to make sure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. Without enough liquids, fiber can actually cause constipation! In the fight against constipation exercise, eat fruits and vegetables, drink eight glasses of water daily and add two to four tablespoons of flax to your daily regime!


    More on both types of fibber
    http://www.dietsite.com/dt/diets/eatingwell/fiber/dietaryfiber.asp

    Insoluble Fiber

    Cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin are all types of insoluble fiber. Cellulose, which is found in apples, beets, broccoli, pears, and whole grains, helps to nourish blood vessels and to cleanse the intestinal tract. Hemicellulose (which is also considered a soluble fiber) helps to move waste through the body by absorbing water in the intestinal tract; it is found in apples, beets, cabbage, corn, peas, and whole grains. Lignin, the least digestible of the different types of fiber, is an effective antioxidant and is found in carrots, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, whole grains, and many other foods.

    Soluble Fiber

    Soluble fiber comes in a variety of forms. Pectin, a complex carbohydrate, is concentrated in the rinds, skins, and/or cores of many fruits (under-ripe fruit contains more pectin than ripe fruit). Food manufacturers use pectin as a thickening agent and stabilizer in candies, syrups, and frozen desserts; it is also used to set jams, jellies, and preserves. Gums and mucilages, which can be found in oatmeal, oat bran, and dried beans, are closely related plant flours that are also used primarily as thickening agents and stabilizers in a variety of foods. (In addition, gums help to prevent the formation of ice crystals in ice cream and other frozen food products, and to retain moisture, which allows foods to remain fresh longer.)

    I think you might feel better if you try this out!!

    Good Luck!
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    Oct 21, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Greygull saidHah it is if you eat right. I'm getting more than enough fiber by eating homemade 7 grain bread. that and using a recipe for muffins that subs in flaxseed paste instead of a more traditional fat, like butter,


    Yes but we are not all pastry chefs dear, I know only two other people besides my self who can actually mke there own bread and only a few more who can make things like muffins.

    When your not much of a cook, its far more difficult to get a good serving of fiber every day, yes fruits and veg will get you part way there, but, not completely.

    I eat all bran cereal every day which helps icon_razz.gif



    Psshs way be a buzzkill icon_razz.gif


    Sometimes I forget not everyone can do the things I can do because Ive been doing them for so long
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    Oct 21, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    In addition to my veggies and whole grain breads, I enjoy a delicious glass of psyllium-husk fiber every morning. I prefer Kroger brand over Metamucil. Roto-Rooters me out every day, and helps keep my high cholesterol in check.
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    Oct 21, 2008 10:07 PM GMT
    SPİRULİNA it also contains some minerals like iron(fe). it must be taken with enough water or yur body will lose .because it absorbs lot of water. icon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:20 AM GMT
    my husband made fiber cookies one time...they were so good I ate a dozen! icon_eek.gif
  • westdave

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    Oct 22, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    hi...

    I take two tablespoons of brewers yeast in my morning oatmeal. The b. y is bitter, so you must add fresh fruit or a bit of pure maple syrup to your oatmeal to cut out the bitterness. Brewers yeast is high in fiber.

    dave
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
    Fiver one cereal. two servings which is 120 calories has about all the fiber you need for a day.
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    access to the fruit bars? each fruit bar has 7 gms of fiber: 3g and 4g respectively: soluble/insoluble fibre content.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    Azstreaker said



    This vid is right.

    I'm studying medicine and all of my teachers are saying we need to eat more fiber, that's it's the lack of it that's causing many current diseases.
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    Oct 22, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Pinny saidDoes anyone take any sort of fiber supplement.


    I do. I eat one and one half of those Metamucil Wafers each day. In addition, I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, every day. All of this fiber I am ingesting because of lower GI tract problems I had in the early 2000s.

    In fact, these got so bad, that I was in chronic pain for a couple of months. I thought I had colon cancer. A colonoscopy disclosed that I had severe diverticulosis, and my colon was inflamed around those pockets (I did not have the more serious diverticulitis, which is like appendicitis, though, thank goodness).

    My GP recommended ramping up the fiber, whereas the guy who did the colonoscopy wanted to do surgery. Thank goodness I listened to my GP.

    After ramping up that fiber intake, all symptoms disappeared.

    Eat your fiber!!
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    Oct 23, 2008 8:12 AM GMT
    I would recommend the Fiber One cereal; that stuff has 14grams of fiber per serving, and it's really good.

    It might be a bit plain, but if you throw in some blueberries (or your favorite fruit) you got yourself an awesome breakfast!


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    Mar 27, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    The importance of fiber intake is very essential in aiding the digestion process of our body. There are types of fiber which can bind water that helps in creating a softer form of stool making its pass through the colon easier and faster.
    http://www.peoples-health.com/benefits-of-fiber-rich-food.html