Fiber for Health
Increased fiber intake has clinically-proven health benefits—especially for diabetic, weight loss/management and other digestive-health-related issues. Researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute reported recently that increased dietary intakes of fiber are also associated with lower risks of dying from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases (Archives of Internal Medicine, doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.18).
There are two general types of dietary fiber: water insoluble and water soluble. Water soluble can further be divided into viscous and non-viscous fiber. Insoluble and viscous soluble fibers, while having health benefits, can negatively influence sensory properties. Soluble non-viscous dietary fibers, although not all the same, typically have a positive effect on intestinal health, provide very little ‘bulk,’ and are mostly undetectable in finished products. Even at significant levels, they don’t affect taste or viscosity.
Fibersol® offers a full line of low-viscosity soluble dietary fiber ingredients that clinical research has indicated help support or maintain intestinal regularity. Clinical studies show that Fibersol®-2 helps to relieve occasional constipation and select studies show that it improves stool consistency. Recent studies have also shown that Fibersol®’s line of fiber ingredients can provide an increased feeling of satiety, leaving consumers feeling fuller for longer periods of time—making it ideal for products marketed for weight management