Establishing lifestyle behaviors early in life, including a proper diet with adequate amounts of fiber and protein, can help to maintain a high quality of life throughout the aging process and can assist the active years in being more enjoyable. In the aging process, environmental factors, lifestyle and disease can impact the quality of your life. Evidence supports that diets high in fiber and protein can provide health benefits related to heart disease, weight management, intestinal health, type 2 diabetes, and muscle health. Research also supports that adequate amounts of protein and fiber can help adults live a longer, healthier life as they continue to age. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported people with a high fiber diet were more likely to live longer.
BarnDad’s FiberDX™ (BFDX) contains a unique 8-layer fiber matrix of both soluble and insoluble fibers for optimal health all in one supplement. One serving of BFDX added to water, juice, milk or a favorite beverage will provide 7 g of protein, and 11 g of fiber (approximately 44% of your daily dietary fiber requirement).
Fiber is a non-nutritive component found commonly in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and legumes. Fiber contains virtually no calories but has multiple health benefits. The recommended daily fiber intake from the USDA is 14 g per 1,000 calories. This means a 2,000 calorie diet should contain at least 28 g of fiber and a 2,500 calorie diet should contain at least 35 g of fiber. The FDA Recommended Daily Requirement, as described on food labels, is 25 grams. The Academy of Science recommends that an adult should consume 21-35 g of fiber per day. The National Fiber Council recommends 28 g for women and 38 g for men. In all recommendations we find most people consume too little fiber in their diet – typically 12-19 g per day. The point is that most diets lack the adequate amount of fiber for optimal health and wellness. To obtain the recommended quantity of fiber one would have to consume 8-12 servings of fruits, vegetable, whole grain cereals, breads, and legumes daily. Most commercial fiber supplements contain 3 g per serving of one type of fiber. BarnDad’s FiberDX™ contains 11 g of fiber from an 8-layer matrix of natural soluble and insoluble fibers . The fiber and protein blend in BFDX™ have been found to work synergistically to provide health-enhancing properties to boost your health and wellness.
1. Cholesterol Lowering
Fiber and heart disease:
Heart Disease is a leading cause of death in the US. High total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are major risk factors of coronary heart disease. Lifestyle changes such as reducing the intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing fiber in diet and physical activity are acknowledged strategies in lowering cholesterol. Evidence indicates that diets higher in fiber and soy protein can help to lower cholesterol and modify the risk factors.
A diet high in fiber can reduce and lower the risk of heart disease. There are 2 types of fibers – Soluble and Insoluble Fibers. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance that helps to trap fat and cholesterol during digestion, moving it through the intestine and preventing the absorption of cholesterol and fat into your blood, and passing cholesterol through the system with digestive waste. Soluble fibers contained in BFDX™ have been reported in research to have cholesterol-lowering properties.
Soy Protein and heart disease:
Evidence supports daily consumption of soy protein may lower LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease. The US FDA concluded that there is significant scientific research for soy protein consumption and reducing the risk of heart disease to approve a heart health claim.
“25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of BarnDad’s FiberDX™ supplies 6.25 grams of soy protein.”
The addition of soy protein in the diet along with other lifestyle changes may contribute to significantly impact cholesterol reduction and lower risk factors.
The addition of BFDX can displace suboptimal foods (those foods higher in saturated fat and cholesterol). BFDX, when consumed prior to a meal, can help one feel full and eat less of the suboptimal foods and control hunger from overeating between meals. Reducing consumption of suboptimal foods may contribute to eating less of foods with higher salt (snacking), and foods with higher levels of fat and cholesterol.
2. Intestinal Health
Fiber promotes intestinal health and regularity. Insoluble fiber (also found in BFDX) helps with regularity of laxation; because of its water holding properties, it helps to move digested food along the digestive tract quickly to promote regularity, and to prevent the accumulation of food and waste products in the folds of the intestine that could give rise to bacterial production of toxic and carcinogenic compounds and possible cancer. Fiber is not digested or absorbed, but helps to aid in digestion to move undigested waste form the body.
3. Muscle Health
Degenerative loss of muscle occurs at a rate of 3-8% per decade over the age of 30, and increases with age. Lack of muscle strength can increase the risk of falls and impairs the ability to conduct routine tasks of daily living and quality of life. Adequate daily intake of protein and physical activity (resistance training) can help maintain muscle loss or improve strength. Maintaining strength in the aging years may prevent falls and costly health care, as well as improve your quality of life.