Too many Americans view all carbohydrates as "bad'. As a result, most of us get only get about half the recommended amount of dietary fiber. Fiber. Only 5 percent of people in the US meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily target of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. That amounts to a population-wide deficiency — what nutritionists call the “fiber gap.”
The problem is so acute that the USDA considers dietary fiber a "nutrient of public health concern" because low intakes are associated with potential health risks.
Fiber is the closest thing we have to a true superfood — or super-nutrient since it’s a part of so many different foods. Eating a fiber-rich diet is associated with better gastrointestinal health and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, high cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, even some cancers. That’s because fiber is amazingly helpful in many ways: It slows the absorption of glucose — which evens out our blood sugar levels — and also lowers cholesterol and inflammation.
These benefits grow the more fiber people eat. In a recent Lancet review of 185 studies and 58 clinical trials, researchers found that if 1,000 people transitioned from a low-fiber diet (under 15 grams per day) to a high-fiber diet (25 to 29 grams per day), they’d prevent 13 deaths and six cases of heart disease. (Some researchers have described not eating high-fiber carbohydrates as “the opportunity cost” of the ultra low-carb ketogenic diet.)
And it’s not just about constipation! There are three vital types of dietary fiber with different benefits for each: soluble fiber for heart health, insoluble fiber for digestive health and prebiotic fiber for gut health.
- Soluble Fiber for Heart Health
There's significant scientific research linking Soluble Fiber to reductions in LDL cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic: "Soluble Fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels."
Elevated blood cholesterol levels are one of the leading risk factors for heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. Over 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year
The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center explains that: "Although there is no dietary reference intake for Insoluble or Soluble Fiber, many experts recommend a total dietary fiber intake of 25-30 grams per day with about one-fourth- 6 to 8 grams per day- coming from Soluble Fiber."
The FDA recognizes a total of three ingredients, psyllium seed husk, oats and barley, for their potential to help reduce cholesterol. Two of these, psyllium seed husk and oats, are gluten free and are important components of Tandem Bars. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams per day of soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One Tandem Bar contains 2.2 grams of this soluble fiber.
- Prebiotics for A Healthy Microbiome
Prebiotics nourish the growth of good bacteria that exist naturally in the human gut. They also help suppress bad bacteria. As a result, the consumption of prebiotic dietary fiber has multiple health benefits ranging from reducing inflammation and the symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease to promoting satiety and weight loss.
- “Providing more dietary fiber for microbiota fermentation would likely result in weight loss, lower inflammation and decreased risk of Western diseases...
-Dr. Justin Sonnenburg, Co-author The Good Gut,
Chief Investigator The Sonnenburg Lab,
Stanford University School of Medicine
- Insoluble Fiber For Digestion and Regularity
The Mayo Clinic also states that "Insoluble Fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk."
Insoluble Fiber does not dissolve in water and passes through the gastrointestinal tract relatively intact and, therefore, is not a source of calories. Insoluble Fiber provides "bulk" for stool formation and speeds up the movement of food and waste through the digestive system, which can help prevent constipation.
Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars contain all three vital types of dietary fiber: soluble fiber for heart health, insoluble fiber for digestive health and prebiotic fiber for gut health.
Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars contain 6g Soluble and 5g Insoluble Fiber. They are the only snack bars that have been independently evaluated and certified by the American Heart Association.