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Tandem Natural Foods, Inc. was founded on the premise that proper diet can play a major role in addressing certain health problems. Too many Americans view all carbohydrates as "bad'. As a result, most Americans only get about half the recommended amount of dietary fiber. 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.

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.

Nutritional Information

230 Calories per 59g bar; 11g fiber (40% DV); 6g soluble fiber (75% Recommended Value); 5g protein (10% DV); 8g fat (10% DV); .5g saturated fat; 5g added sugar (honey)

    • No artificial ingredients or additives
    • Organic, gluten-free and plant-based
    • Made from whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds naturally sweetened by organic honey, dates and orange juice
    • Ingredients: organic dates, organic rolled oats, organic almonds, organic honey, organic orange juice, non-GMO chicory root flour, organic psyllium husk, organic chia seeds, organic canola oil, organic cinnamon, salt
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    Please Note: The following information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your doctor or health care provider. 

    *How much Dietary Fiber do I need? Do I need both Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?

    Most Americans only get about half the recommended amount of Dietary Fiber. Dietary Fiber is considered a "nutrient of public health concern" because low intakes are associated with potential health risks. The Daily Value for fiber is 25 grams per day (the FDA will increase to 28g next year)- this is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    According to The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: "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."

    Each Tandem Bar contains 11 grams of Dietary Fiber: 6g Soluble and 5g Insoluble Fiber.

    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.

    What are Prebiotics?

    Prebiotics are carbohydrates found in some foods that are rich in dietary fiber. Not all dietary fiber is prebiotic, but all prebiotics are dietary fiber.

    About Prebiotics and Gut Health

    Prebiotics nourish the growth of good bacteria that exist naturally in the human gut’s microbiome. 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.

    What do Tandem Bars contain?

    Tandem Bars contain 11g of dietary fiber (40% Daily Value) and six prebiotic ingredients to promote heart health, digestive health, regularity and immune system health.

    • No artificial ingredients or additives
    • Organic, gluten-free and plant-based
    • Made from whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds naturally sweetened by organic honey, dates and orange juice.

    How important is Fiber in our diet?

    About Dietary Fiber and Heart Health

    The right types of dietary fiber can help reduce the risk of heart disease, promote digestive health, and reduce the risk of diabetes.

    Despite these benefits, Americans consume far too little dietary fiber; it is considered to be a “nutrient of public health concern”.

    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.

    A single Tandem Bar contains enough dietary fiber to increase dietary fiber intake by 40% of the recommended Daily Value. Studies cited by the National Academies of Sciences indicate that this amount of additional dietary fiber could reduce the risk of death from coronary heart disease by 20%.

    What are the Nutritional Contents of Tandem Bars?

    Each bar weighs 2.1 oz and provides 230 Calories. 11g Dietary Fiber of which 6g is Soluble Fiber, 36g Carbohydrates, 5g Added Sugars (from Honey), 8g Fat of which .5g is Saturated Fat and 5g of Protein.

    How does Soluble Fiber work?

    Soluble Fiber dissolves in water to form a thick gel-like substance in the stomach. It is broken down by bacteria in the large intestine and provides some calories.

    Soluble Fiber can interfere with the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol. This, in turn, can help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol.

    Soluble Fiber also slows digestion and the rate at which carbohydrates and other nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. This can help control the level of blood glucose (often referred to as blood sugar) by preventing rapid rises in blood glucose following a meal.

    Both Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber make you feel full, which may help you eat less and stay satisfied longer.

    The National Institutes of Health cite these studies among others:

    Soluble fiber and nondigestible carbohydrate effects on plasma lipids and cardiovascular risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11176201

    Nutriceuticals in cardiovascular disease: psyllium. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17438377

    Soluble fiber enhances the hypocholesterolemic effect of step 1 diet in childhood. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8586774

    How does Insoluble Fiber work?

    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. Both Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber make you feel full, which may help you eat less and stay satisfied longer.

    How do Prebiotics promote digestive health? Are there prebiotics in Tandem Bars?

    Prebiotics are carbohydrates and they are found in some foods that are rich in Dietary Fiber. They nourish the growth of good bacteria that exist naturally in your gut. They also help suppress bad bacteria, promoting good digestive health.

    Prebiotics are found in the rolled oats, chia seeds, almonds, honey, chicory root flour and psyllium seed husk in Tandem Bars.

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