High Fiber Foods with FOS Offer Relief for Digestive Disorders
Posted Apr 02 2009 5:14pm
Many consumers are aware that high fiber foods are good for a healthy diet. On the other hand, not so many know about the benefits of fiber rich foods with FOS for relief from digestive disorders. FOS is an acronym for fructooligosaccharides, which are naturally found in high fiber foods such as oats, barley, rye, chicory root, garlic, onions, and leeks.
Among the reasons that fructooligosaccharides are good for digestive disorders is that they introduce probiotics to the digestive system. Probiotics give the body nutrients to create its own healthy bacteria, which is necessary to fight off unhealthy bacteria in the intestines. This is especially beneficial when antibiotics have been consumed. Antibiotics not only destroy the bad germs, but the good bacteria, too. As an added bonus, when there are enough friendly bacteria in the colon, the body is able to produce a healthy dose of B vitamins. Also, while it’s useful that most high fiber foods sweep the intestines, FOS works even harder, like a scrub brush for the colon.
There are many good reasons to consume high fiber foods with FOS on a regular basis. The body can absorb nutrients more efficiently as food passes without difficulty through the intestinal walls. The growth of good bacteria, such as Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Faccium will be stimulated in the digestive system. Cholesterol and triglycerides may be reduced as fat is more easily trapped in the intestinal tract where it can be flushed out faster. Better assimilation of complex carbohydrates from high fiber foods that take longer to digest will provide longer lasting energy, which is good for blood sugar regulation. Probiotics from FOS can minimize yeast infection, Candida, and bloating. Symptoms of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and lactose intolerance may decrease.
Unfortunately, onions, leeks, barley, oats, rye, garlic, and chicory root are high fiber foods that the average person doesn’t eat with enough frequency to get all the benefits of FOS. Fortunately, you can search the Internet to find other ways of obtaining high fiber foods with FOS.