FiberAid is a naturally occuring polymer extracted from the Larch tree that grows in abundance in the USA. So, what’s a polymer? Polymer is derived from the Greek word poly meaning many while the term monomer is derived from mono meaning one. When identical simple molecules (monomers) come together and link up in a chain-like fashion they form a polymer.
FiberAid® is produced by steam heating of larch wood chips and evaporation of the extract. This procedure is unique as it does not need any harsh chemicals to release the polysaccharide from the plant matrix and therefore the product remains pure and structurally unaltered. It is GMO free, has no know adverse side-effects and no known interactions with other substances.
Why have I decided to include it?
- High level of soluble dietary fibre (High fibre diets are linked to health benefits.)
- Does not adversely impact taste, color, aroma or mouth feel of the bar
- Has no aftertaste
- Low kilojoule content (1.4 kcal per gram) and no glycemic response
- pH stable
- Ferments slowly so reduces gas and bloating
- Excellent digestive tolerance
- Helps the bar ingredients to better stay together
- Extends bar shelf life
- Increases the good intestinal bacteria Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria
- Decreases the harmful intestinal bacteria Clostridia and E. Coli
What are prebiotics?
The term prebiotics was coined in 1995 and defined as “non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon.” It is therefore expected that prebiotics will improve health in a way similar to probiotics (live microbial food supplements).
The intestinal microflora comprises a diverse collection of microbial species that are mostly bacterial and are influenced by the diet. Addition of FiberAid® to the diet can deliver prebiotic benefits.
Evidence from human and in vitro studies indicates that FiberAid® ingestion has a significant effect on enhancing gut microflora, specifically increasing anaerobes such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, while decreasing Clostridia and E. Coli.
FiberAid® was reported to increase short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the gut. These acids lower the colon pH and create an environment favoring the development of beneficial bacteria.
FiberAid® has been shown to decrease the generation and absorption of ammonia in the gut. High levels of ammonia in the large intestine appear to contribute to detrimental health conditions.
All of the gastrointestinal benefits mentioned above are provided without the typical side effects, such as gas and bloating that are commonly associated with other dietary fiber ingredients.
FiberAid is a registered trademark of Lonza Ltd, Switzerland.