Hubby: Sooo, is fiber like the new fat?
Me: No, fiber is good for you!
Hubby: There’s types of fat that are good for you, too.
Me: ::blink::::smile::: Touche, hubby! Touche!
This was our conversation last night as I pieced apart the ingredients of our Fiber Gourmet Mac-mmm-Cheese (that’s what it’s called, I swear!). Hubby listens to all my nutrition babbling…I’m IMPRESSED! Keeper? Keeper!
And the label….
Keep reading to see why this is NOT preferred!!! Though, it made a pretty tasty dinner mixed with some naturally high-fiber peas 😉
So, my dinner was, approximately, 892 grams of fiber. Not really, but it was a lot, from nature’s sources or otherwise!
Sooo, you guys are smart cookies, I tell ya! Great comments on yesterday’s post! A few clarifications and additions, however…
The recommended intake, according to the ADA, is 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 kcals consumed (or 25 grams a day for adult females and 38 grams a day for adult males) .
Bulk laxatives and fiber supplements have not been studied for physiological effectiveness .
White flour comprises 16% of our nation’s fiber intake while white potatoes comprise 9% — these large percentages are due to the extremely high intake, not the concentrated fiber content as neither is considered high-fiber foods .
Legumes comprise 6% of our nation’s fiber intake – a low representation given that legumes are one of the best, if not THE best, source of dietary fiber in the diet .
10% of our nation’s fiber intake comes from fruit consumption .
The definition of “dietary fiber” is: material isolated by analytical methods approved by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists”. Dietary fiber includes: cellulose, B-glucans, and fiber contained in oat and wheat bran .
“Potential functional fibers include isolated, nondigestible plant (eg, resistant starch, pectin, and gums), animal (eg, chitin and chitosan), or commercially produced carbohydrates (eg, resistant starch, polydextrose, inulin, and indigestible dextrins) .”
And going back to organics and safety, I purchased some produce wash last weekend at Whole Foods. Morgan has the same wash I got, and she talks on WHY produce wash is a smart move! I’ve been using it on all my produce that is eaten whole, without the skin or outer layer removed. I’m really enjoying it! I’ve never found fruit and vegetable wash (or maybe I just haven’t looked closely enough!), and maybe you haven’t either. So, here’s a produce wash recipe!
Homemade Produce Wash Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Directions: Mix ingredients then pour in clean spray bottle. Spray fresh vegetables & fruit generously. Sit for 5 minutes then rinse off well.
* Note: Make sure to first mix ingredients in deep container since there will be some fizzing from the baking soda & vinegar.
The fruit and vegetable wash I purchased contained a similar line-up of ingredients — very acidic and citrus-smelling. Next time, I’ll be making my own produce wash solution! 🙂
Question: In which state do you currently reside? If you’re outside of the US, what country do you live in?
If I’m not around later today, I’m probably doubled-over with some serious bowel upset after last night’s fibrous supper!
. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Health Implications of Dietary Fiber. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. October 2008.