Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What is IN that Fiber Drink?


Happy Tuesday! And happy day 2 of the Advocare Cleanse with MaMeg! So far, so good for me. However, the Fiber drink is seriously gross. Like for real, nasty. But you just gotta get past it because it's packed with seriously good stuff. Let me put my Registered Dietitian cap on and break it down for ya:


Fiber Blend: 

  • Psyllium husk - Soluble fiber, slows digestion and extends feeling of fullness, may help lower cholesterol. This is what makes up most of the drink because it bulks up in your stomach and clings onto the gunk that your body doesn't need.
  • Oat Fiber - soluble fiber, slows digestion and extends feeling of fullness--as well as being able to help lower cholesterol. Its pretty much just ground up whole grain oats!
  • Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose - Okay, so I'm no pro at what this is...but from what I can find it helps to make the drink gel up and stabilize the fibers.
  • Guar gum - A white flour-like substance made from an East Indian seed. It not only binds and thickens food products, but 1 TBSP packs a massive 6g of dietary fiber!
  • Citrus Pectin - Typically the fiber you find in apple peels and citrus fruits (duh, Jess). This is a type of soluble fiber again, which grabs onto the gunk in your digestive system and flushes it out.
  • Butternut Bark Powder - Again, definitely not a pro on this one. But from what I can find (which is not any educated, credible sites) it seems to be the inside husk of a walnut.. which herbalists use as a gentle laxative. Interesting. 

Other ingredients, not a part of the fiber blend:

  • Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors - flavoring and preservatives used to make it taste "good". I use "good" as a generalization because nothing can prepare you for that thickness!
  • Acesulfame potassium - calorie free sweetener
  • Papaya fruit powder - Aromatic and nutrient dense additive that seems to be a good source of dietary fiber as well.
  • Prune Powder - acts a preservative! Who knew?
  • Rhubarb root extract - Gentle laxative that has been used for thousands of years!
  • Black walnut hull extract - Herbalists believe that this can be used as a mild laxative that eases general digestive problems (couldn't find much research on this one though).
  • Licorice root extract - Lots of studies on this product, but from what I can tell it would be used as a sweetener in the Fiber Drink!
  • Digestive Enzyme Complex (lipase, cellulase, protease) - helps to treat stomach bloating, gas and fullness caused by digestion problems. I've taken a Digestive Enzyme in the past and love it.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus , Bifidobacterium bifidum - Probiotics!!! LOVE ME SOME PROBIOTICS! These are good germs found in your digestive tract, by consuming these regularly you make yourself even more regular. 

And just in case you're really curious and want to know the difference between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, here ya go!!

  • Soluble Fiber - Attaches to water in the digestive system causing it to "gel," which in turn creates a slower digestion. Soluble fiber also helps to control blood sugar levels (great for people with diabetes or at risk for developing diabetes). Finally, it may help to decrease your "bad" cholesterol 
  • Insoluble Fiber - Adds bulk to, well, you know... and helps food pass more quickly through the digestive tract so it doesn't just sit and hang out in your colon (which can lead to health problems).


What's working for me to drink the Advocare Fiber Drink? QUICKNESS and STRAWS. I also only mix half at a time because the longer it sits the thicker it gets. My best advice: Just do it, your gut will thank you.

-J
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