Prebiotic Fiber For Gut Health

"In a sea of unhealthy products, it's wonderful to see a snack option that takes into account feeding our gut microbes. Personally, I like Tandem Bars a lot."

-Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD. Principal Investigator, The Sonnenburg Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine; Co-author The Good Gut

Given that the bacteria living in our gut are, arguably, among the most important components of our overall health, why not make changes to provide them with the nutrition they need to thrive?

It's time to support the health of your gut microbes, and we’re here to support you - one delicious bite at a time!

More About The Human Microbiome

The human microbiome is simply all the bacteria living in and on your body.  These microbial cells outnumber our body’s cells 10 to 1. There are approximately 3-5 pounds of healthy bacteria living in our intestines and on our bodies.

These bacteria play a major role in health and nutrition: they help defend against viruses and bugs, break down undigested food, help with absorption of minerals such as calcium, and even produce neurotransmitters, or chemicals, that can influence eating behaviors and cravings.

What you eat can have a positive impact on your gut bacteria. Food and diet are the fastest ways to positively change the diversity of your gut's microbes. Research shows that the more different types of plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds) a person eats, the higher their gut microbiome diversity, resulting in healthier gut microbes.   

There are two categories of beneficial foods to promote a healthy microbiome: prebiotics and probiotics. Together, they produce chemicals (short-chain fatty acids) that affect a variety of physiological processes.

Prebiotics are foods rich in certain types of dietary fiber that feed the gut bacteria. This fiber is food for the bacteria. Inulin is one such fiber, found only in plant foods. Chicory root is an especially good source of inulin. Whole grains such as oats, rye and whole wheat, along with fruits and vegetables such as green bananas, asparagus and dandelion greens, are all particularly rich in the prebiotic inulin too.  The goal is to include many of these foods in your diet for microbiome health.

Prebiotic dietary fibers support your gut's microbiome in many ways. In their 2018 paper “Health Effects and Sources of Prebiotic Dietary Fiber” the authors summarized the “eight most prominent health benefits of prebiotic dietary fibers”. The principal benefits of prebiotics are:

  • Supporting a healthy immune system
  • Reducing the risks and effects of certain inflammatory diseases and conditions (including allergies and irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Reducing the risk of pathogens (such as E coli) in the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Supporting proper mineral absorption thereby reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  • Promoting satiety and weight loss

    Tandem Bars for A Healthy Microbiome

    Tandem’s co-founders worked with a team of experts in the fields of food science, nutrition, product development and food analysis to perfect the recipe for Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars. Tandem Bars are organic, gluten-free, plant-based, grain, nut and seed bars containing 11 grams of dietary fiber.

    They’re packed with prebiotics from chicory root flour, whole oats, dates, honey, almonds, chia seeds and psyllium seed husk to help your microbiome thrive. Rich in almonds and chia seeds, Tandem Bars are also a great source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

    Each Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bar provides 11 grams of dietary fiber (40% Daily Value based on a 2000 calorie diet) and 5 grams of protein (10% Daily Value) contributing to sustained energy levels, a sense of fullness and a healthy weight. Sweetened naturally with dates, honey and orange juice, Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. They contain only 5 grams of added sugar and all of it comes from organic honey.

    Toasted Honey Almond Tandem Bars are a smart snack choice, providing 230 calories of long lasting, whole food energy to bridge the gap between meals.

    Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Orange Juice, Chicory Root Flour, Organic Psyllium Seed Husk, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Canola Oil, Organic Cinnamon, Salt

    Enjoy Tandem Bars with your favorite hot or cold beverage and start to improve your gut delicious bite at a time!

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    "Health Effects and Sources of Prebiotic Dietary Fiber", JL Carlson, JM Erickson, BB Lloyd, JL Slavin Current Developments in Nutrition, January 2018

    Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids, National Academies of Science Press, Sept. 2002, pp 339-421