Fiber has come a long way, baby! It’s not usually a hot topic of choice (unless you’re a nutritionist like me) but whether you realize it or not it's a crucial part of our diets. Fiber is the stuff naturally found in the tissues of all plants that provides support in the stems and roots. “Dietary fiber” is found in plants that we can eat and comes in various forms (plant tissue, seeds, gummy material). None of these are absorbed because after we swallow it, it literally goes in one end and out the other. It’s interesting how fiber has no calories or nutrients, yet offers so many well-researched health benefits.
I am constantly teaching my patients how to add more fiber into their diets, and it’s not just for the folks who are blocked up! This is why I wholeheartedly agreed to sign on as brand ambassador for P&G's new line of wellness products called Meta. This includes their tried and true standby, Metamucil® (can you believe this has been around since 1934?), as well as their new Meta Health Bars™ (fortified with the same natural psyllium fiber found in Metamucil) and MetaBiotic™. The goal of this product line is to promote health from the inside out by offering multihealth benefits.
Many people don’t reach the 25-38 grams of fiber in their daily diets as recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Keeping a snack in your purse or desk drawer at work, such as a Meta Health Bar, can help satisfy an afternoon craving for sweets while helping to meet your fiber needs. Fiber-rich foods may not only help to satisfy hunger as a healthful snack*, but may promote digestive health* and lower cholesterol to promote heart health†.
Like I said, fiber isn’t exactly a sexy topic so I’m excited to now have a reason to talk more about its benefits because I’ve seen the positive results in my patients who eat more of it. Most of the recipes on this blog are plant-based and naturally high in fiber, but I will plan to post even more recipes that are based on fiber-rich whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and beans. I will also talk about various types of supplementary fibers such as that found in Metamucil and Meta Health Bars.
On the flip side probiotics are a very hot, sometimes controversial, topic. I will be delving into the reported benefits of these healthy bacteria, and what to look for when choosing an over-the-counter probiotic such as MetaBiotic.
Keep an eye out this month for the debut of the new Meta line, and check out the video below featuring spokesperson Michael Strahan. Also stay tuned for my fiber-ful posts!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
† Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber.
Disclosure: I've partnered with P&G on this sponsored post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more information at MetaWellness.com.