Un­der­stand­ing fi­bre con­tent

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AC­CORD­ING to the Malaysian Di­etary Guide­lines, the rec­om­mended daily in­take of to­tal fi­bre for Malaysians is 20g to 30g per day.

How­ever, Malaysian Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion re­ported that more than half of Malaysian adults con­sume only about 13g to 15g of di­etary fi­bre per day, in­di­cat­ing a fi­bre-de­fi­cient diet among adults.

Di­etary fi­bre con­tent is usu­ally listed on a food la­bel as to­tal fi­bre, which is a com­bi­na­tion of sol­u­ble fi­bre and in­sol­u­ble fi­bre.

Both types have dis­tinc­tive health ben­e­fits. It is im­por­tant to se­lect the right di­etary fi­bre to de­liver the de­sired health ben­e­fits.

Prod­ucts that are made of nat­u­ral oat bran such as oat bran pow­der and crispy oat ce­re­als con­tain high amounts of the sol­u­ble fi­bre known as oat beta-glu­cans.

A daily in­take of 3g oat beta-glu­can has been ex­ten­sively stud­ied and doc­u­mented for choles­terol-low­er­ing and blood glu­cose-reg­u­lat­ing ben­e­fits.

Ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Food Safety Author­ity (EFSA), the in­ges­tion of in­sol­u­ble fi­bre im­proves bowel func­tion by in­creas­ing bulk in stool and bowel reg­u­lar­ity.

The Health Min­istry states that the gut health ben­e­fit is achieved when a food prod­uct con­tains at least 6% of oat fi­bre or 3g of to­tal fi­bre in a sin­gle serv­ing.

There­fore, it is im­per­a­tive for con­sumers to find out from the prod­uct la­bel how much of to­tal fi­bre (in­clud­ing oat beta-glu­cans) a serv­ing of the food can de­liver, along with known amounts of car­bo­hy­drate or sugar con­tent and to­tal caloric in­take.

Biogrow Oat BG22 Oat Bran Pow­der and Oat BG22 Crispy Ce­real con­tain high amounts of fi­bre to ben­e­fit your di­ges­tion.

Both are made of nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents – Swedish oat bran. They are free of ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents, thick­en­ers and fillers.

Two scoops or sa­chets (≈18g) of oat bran pow­der or one packet (30g) of crispy ce­real daily pro­vides 3g oat beta-glu­can (sol­u­ble fi­bre).

High in to­tal fi­bre and low in gly­caemic in­dex (GI), both the oat bran pow­der and ce­real of­fer sol­u­ble and in­sol­u­ble fi­bre with at least 22% to­tal fi­bre con­tent. They have been tested in the lab­o­ra­tory to be low in GI and suit­able for di­a­bet­ics.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Legosan (M) Sdn Bhd.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-7956 2220 or e-mail info@biogrow.com.my.

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