Food Label Claims – Dietary Fiber

Food label claims are words or phrases on a food package that makes a comment about the nutritional value of the food. A statement such as “made with oat bran” or “high in oat bran” implies that a product contains a considerable amount of the nutrient. Claims that imply a product contains a particular amount […]

Dietary Fiber Claims – Wheat, Bran, Grains & Germ

If the wrapper on a loaf of bread uses the healthy-sounding phrase “12 grains,” does that mean it’s the best choice in terms of dietary fiber? Not necessarily. Brown breads are not all alike. Breads labeled “whole wheat” must by law meet a standard, which is that they be made only from whole-wheat flour. Such […]

Foods High in Fiber

Foods high in fiber have numerous health benefits. Mostly known for preventing constipation, it also maintains cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Dietary fiber is found only in plant foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Meat, milk and eggs do not contain fiber. Sometimes the way food is processed affects its fiber content. For example, […]

High Fiber Diet: How Much Fiber Do You Need?

A high fiber food diet has several benefits; constipation prevention, maintain cholesterol and blood sugar levels and weight loss. A study by the American Dietetic Association reports the average person consumes only 14-15 grams of fiber a day. That is half of the recommend amount of 25 -35 grams of fiber per day. Foods with […]

Prunes vs Plums – Are they the Same?

A prune is a dried plum. California produces more dried plums/prunes than any other part of the world. The fruit’s name was officially changed from “prunes” to “dried plums” by the Food and Drug Administration in 2001. However, many people still use the term “prune”. Prunes are generally known for being a laxative because they […]