I believe one of the most powerful benefits of a plant-powered diet comes from the fiber bonus it brings to your everyday life. And that’s why I’m sharing the good news about plant-based, fiber-rich Tandem Bars on my blog today.
Fiber is found in a variety of whole plant foods, such as whole grains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
What’s so special about fiber? This naturally-occurring component of plants provides a multitude of health benefits. Most people go straight to fiber’s digestive benefits, and, indeed, fiber does help keep your gastrointestinal tract moving along quite nicely, thank you very much. As the indigestible portion of plants, fiber provides much needed roughage and attracts water in order to push material through your digestive tract. (1) But fiber also provides food for the friendly bacteria living in your gut, thus boosting the health of your gut microbiota. An increasing body of research shows that a healthy gut microbiota offers many bonuses, from bolstering your immune system and reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases to better nutrient absorption and even healthier weight and brain health. (2) And that’s not all! Fiber also can significantly reduce your blood cholesterol levels, thus, protecting your heart from disease, as well as help control blood glucose levels. (3) Fiber can even help you maintain a healthy weight, as it makes you feel fuller for longer. (4)
Different Fibers, Different Benefits
When you dig a little deeper into the fiber story, you’ll note that there are different types of fiber: soluble fibers are the type found in things like oats, barley, apples, berries, and psyllium husk that are super healthy for your heart by reducing blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fibers found in foods like beans, whole grains, nuts, and vegetables provide you with important digestive health benefits. (5) And
prebiotic fibers, found in foods like chicory, psyllium seed husk, asparagus and onions, help nourish the good bacteria in your gut. (6) The best fiber strategy is to include all of these types of fiber in your diet.
Get Your Fiber!
With so much to love about fiber, what’s stopping you from enjoying the bounty of this plant-based nutrient in your diet? Well, sadly, plenty of Americans are not making the most of the health promise of fiber. Most of us are only getting about half of the recommended amount, which is 25 grams per day for the average person, according to the FDA. What can you do about getting enough fiber? (7) One thing is for sure: Eat a diet filled with a variety of whole plant foods, including beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits.
Enter Tandem Bars, the Fiber Fix
In addition to a healthful diet, you can add Tandem Bars to your healthy lifestyle. These organic, gluten- free, plant-based, nutrient-rich nutrition bars contain no artificial ingredients or additives, and are made from only a few ingredients: whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, honey, dates, and orange juice. The combination of ingredients packs each bar with 11 g of fiber (with soluble, insoluble, and prebiotic fiber), 5 g of protein, and a boost of naturally-occurring healthy fats, vitamins and minerals—all for only 230 calories. In fact, the American Heart Association has certified Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars as a “heart-healthy” food.
The great thing about Tandem Bars is that you could strategically add them to your healthy eating regime to gain potential targeted benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, gut health, satiety, and more. In fact, that’s the whole story behind these nutrition bars. Co-founder Tony DiStefano reduced his LDL (bad) cholesterol by 33% after following a low-saturated fat diet rich in these three fibers in foods such as psyllium seed husk and whole grain rolled oats. His wife, Susan, created Tandem Bars in order to help him get the right types of fiber to maintain his reduced cholesterol and health.
Whether you’re trying to boost your fiber for overall health and well-being, or targeting specific health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol or blood glucose levels, a Tandem Bar a day, in addition to a diet filled with whole plant foods, can help you meet your goals.
This post is sponsored by Tandem Natural Foods.
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