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One High Fiber Food Nutrient To Eat Daily

Posted Jun 04 2008 7:04pm
It's no secret that high fiber foods are essential for a healthy diet, and there is one type of soluble fiber nutrient you should get every day, FOS. In this blog, you'll learn about FOS, why you should consume it regularly, and where to obtain it.

1. What is FOS?
* FOS is an acronym for fructooligosaccharides. In their all natural, whole food state, these are complex carbohydrates, or sugars that come naturally from the fiber of edible plants such as garlic, onions, leeks, oats, barley, rye and chicory root. One great thing about fructooligosaccharides is that they help the body make its own "good" bacteria to fight off the "bad" bacteria in the digestive system.

Here's an excerpt from a web page at MedicinalFoodNews.com discussing why fructooligosaccharides work differently than other fiber food nutrients in the intestines:

"…the human does not have the enzymes to break down the FOS as it travels down the digestive tract. When the FOS reaches the large intestine and the colon, the bacteria that are found there start to break down the FOS. These bacteria have the enzymes needed to break down FOS. Bifido bacteria have been reported to use FOS. It is believed that foods that promote bifido bacteria growth are good for the health.

How exactly the FOS exerts its beneficial effects is not certain. However, increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the lower intestine, changes in the pH balance of the intestinal contents, together with increases in enzyme levels that may be related to the detoxification of carcinogens in the diet, all have been cited as reasons to increase the FOS levels in the diet."

Most fiber foods only sweep the intestines, but FOS also aids digestion, thus boosting assimilation of all foods through the intestinal walls. When you consume enough friendly bacteria in the colon, then the body is able to produce its own abundant amount of all of the B vitamins.

2. Why you should consume FOS regularly.

* Absorb food more efficiently as it passes through the intestines, thus assisting in digestion.
* Stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the intestines, such as Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Faccium.
* Reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by trapping fat and cholesterol in the intestinal tract, so they can be flushed out more easily.
* Assist assimilation of complex carbohydrates, making them last longer, which is good for blood sugar regulation and the reduction of cravings for sweets.
* Minimize yeast infection, Candida, and bloating.
* Naturally treat symptoms of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and lactose intolerance.

Another benefit of fructooligosaccharides is that they are being used as all natural low calorie sweetener substitutes to replace artificial sweeteners and sugar. That makes FOS an essential part of a low carb diet for anyone who is trying to avoid eating sugary foods.

3. How do you get FOS in your daily diet?

* Eat onions, leeks, barley, oats, rye, garlic and chicory root.

Unfortunately, these are not foods that the average person will eat enough to get all the benefits of FOS. Fortunately, with modern technology and innovative manufacturing processes, there are ways to get fructooligosaccharides in their whole food form without eating weird foods.
 
You may want to investigate an all natural food in a fiber drink mix called, VitaShake, that is touted as one of the most reliable sources for FOS - easy to use and digest. It helps people feel full and satisfied because it assists in the assimilation of complex carbohydrates. There is also an energy bar with a similar effect that has FOS and is known as SunBar. 
 
You won't find these FOS sources in stores, but they are readily available on the Internet. If you want an easy way to add important fiber rich foods to your diet, then learn more about FOS, fructooligosaccharides, and find ways to make these nutrients part of your healthy routine.
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