The fibers being added to many foods (especially snack foods like breakfast bars) these days are called Isolated Fibers. They get their name from the fact that they are isolated from plants. So, let’s just use apples as a hypothetical example. Let’s say I was a food manufacturer and I wanted to add more fiber to my snack bars. Instead of adding the entire apple to my bar (probably not possible) I would isolate the fiber from the apple and insert it into my bar. Now, granted, this isn’t really what happens, but you get the idea.
So now food manufacturers, well aware that Americans are trying to get more fiber in their diets, are adding these “isolated fibers” to things like snack bars, and even cottage cheese and yogurt (you may see the words “inulin” or “chicory root extract” on a food label; that’s isolated fiber).
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I’ve actually had conversations with people who claim to get their fiber from yogurt and 2-3 snack bars a day. This is sad, in my opinion, because many times that means they are ignoring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. But why eat those fruits and veggies if you can get fiber in yogurt?! I’ll tell you why; yogurt, cottage cheese, and snack bars are missing the phytonutrients/antioxidants (and so much more left to be discovered) found in these wholesome plant foods.Want to read more about isolated fibers?
|Who needs to eat vegetables when you can get fiber in juice and yogurt now?! Ummmm, WE ALL DO!|
In the the article I linked above, they end by saying;