Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone, but if you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes you know it is imperative. A healthy diet can be the crux of keeping your blood sugar under control.
Carbohydrates, Diabetes and Fiber
For someone with Type 1 or 2 Diabetes, carbohydrates are probably one of the most important nutrients to count. Fats and Proteins are also important to count but carbohydrates tend to work quickly and are among the first nutrients to be broken down into sugar during your digestion process. In other words, carbohydrates have the most immediate and drastic effect on your blood sugar levels.
There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are sugars – like glucose, sucrose, fructose and lactose. Complex carbohydrates are starches, typically found in foods like vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Complex carbohydrates break down much slower in the body than simple carbohydrates.
Something often overlooked when counting carbs is that Fiber is actually a non-caloric, indigestible carbohydrate. Because it cannot be digested, it grabs onto fats and cholesterol as it moves through your digestive system, thus slowing the absorption of sugars and carbohydrates, helping to reduce insulin spikes and allowing glucose to be metabolized more efficiently.
How much fiber do I need?
The USDA recommends that a healthy adult consume 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories consumed. The average American typically consumes about 2000 calories a day to maintain their weight, energy and daily lifestyle. To calculate how much fiber you should have in your diet simply multiply 14 per every 1000 calories you consume.
Let’s put this into perspective. If you eat 2000 calories a day the USDA is recommending that you consume at least 28 grams of fiber EVERY DAY! To achieve this recommended amount of fiber by eating high fiber foods you’d need to consume at least 8-12 servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and legumes! Think of how many extra carbohydrates and calories you’d have to consume just to achieve your daily-recommended amount of fiber (and how much extra grocery shopping you’d have to do!)
For just ONE DOLLAR a day you can significantly lower the amount of servings of high fiber foods you’ll need to eat to reach the daily recommended amount by adding BarnDad’s FiberDX® as a supplement to your daily diet.
BarnDad’s FiberDX™ Can Help to Lower Blood Sugar and AIC
A recent study conducted on BarnDad’s FiberDX® in Germany showed a significant reduction in the blood sugar of Type 2 Diabetes patients who participated in the study. Participant ages ranged from 40-72, all were obese and more than half were on insulin. After 3 months all had a significant decrease in HbA1c, some were even able to stop using insulin. Moreover, many participants also showed a decrease in Cholesterol and participants lost varying amounts of weight, the greatest loss being 22lbs!
Fiber and Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight and diet can often be difficult. One extra benefit of adding fiber to your diet is that it can effectively help you to lower your desire for unnecessary snacking and can help with portion control during scheduled meals.
Soluble Fiber will “bulk-up” when it combines with liquid and Insoluble Fiber will not break down at all (like other foods), but will absorb water and swell as it passes through your system. Because of this, both soluble and insoluble fiber will take up space as they slowly pass through your system. When more space is taken up for longer periods of time you will feel fuller for longer, thus not being as likely to snack.
A great way to develop better portion control is to add fiber to your routine about 15 minutes before a meal. This will keep you feeling full and help to keep you from overeating, thus keeping you from ingesting any extra calories, fats, carbohydrates and sugars that you do not need.
What makes BarnDad’s FiberDX® different from other fiber supplements on the market?
BarnDad’s FiberDX® is different than the typical fiber supplements you grew up with, considering those for your parents or grandparents, used only to help with constipation. Most other fiber supplements on the market today are intended to do just that: relieve gastrointestinal problems. These supplements generally only contain one fiber source, usually a soluble fiber. What makes BarnDad’s FiberDX® unique is that it is a blend of EIGHT LAYERS of both Soluble and Insoluble Fibers. With BarnDad’s FiberDX® you will receive all the benefits of both soluble and insoluble fibers without having to put up with any of the bloating or negative side effects typically associated with fiber.
Also, many fiber supplements on the market today will deliver between 3-5 grams of fiber. Each full serving BarnDad’s FiberDX® will deliver 11 grams of fiber AND 7 grams of protein. Because BarnDad’s FiberDX® is complex it can help users with many issues. Can BarnDad’s FiberDX® still help with gastrointestinal problems? Of course! But on top of that you’ll also potentially be helping your body to prevent disease, lower your cholesterol and reduce your appetite!
Another thing that makes BarnDad’s FiberDX® unique is that unlike other fiber supplements it can be used as a partial flour substitute in cooking and baking. Most dieters have had to eliminate a lot of the foods they love from their diet because they were too high in carbohydrates due to the flour. Now you have the option to make Christmas cookies or add perfectly thickened sauce to your grilled chicken (without adding the guilt) by replacing 50% (or more) of the flour with BarnDad’s FiberDX®!