Does it matter if you get your fiber intake from fortified foods rather than foods naturally high in fiber?
Eating foods naturally high in fiber (e.g., oatmeal, lentils, nuts, broccoli, peas) are considered the best means to obtain its health benefits (e.g., lowers glucose levels, decreases cholesterol levels, boosts bowel function, etc.). Functional foods, foods in which ingredients (e.g., fiber) have been added, are now mainstream and appeal to consumers who may not be able to tolerate or like natural fibrous foods. Functional foods which may make the claim of being "high-fiber" include yogurts, ice cream, sugary cereals, energy bars and even juices. But are functional (fiber-fortified) foods any healthier than natural foods containing fiber?
There's not much evidence indicating fiber-fortified foods have the same effect on the body that naturally-occurring fibrous foods. The reality is that fiber-fortified foods tend to be not very nutritious in other ways (i.e., high sugar). Best recommendation: stick with naturally-occurring fibrous foods which have minimal, if any, processing involved (e.g., whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit).
Brian Danley, CFT
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