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#434889 - 04/02/12 01:53 PM Fiber vs. Carbs
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I'm supposed to be on a high-fiber diet due to certain digestive problems I have. (don't ask) To help make it easy, I've been taking chewable fiber tablets, the kind you buy at the grocery store.

However, looking at the label, I've noticed that while they contain 3g of fiber, they have an astonishing 31g of carbohydrates.

Don't all those carbs defeat the purpose of taking fiber in the first place? Should I just eat more carrots and apples instead?
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#434892 - 04/03/12 12:12 AM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: Zombie Zero]
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Most high fiber foods are also high in carbs, but the fiber makes you feel fuller. GO for the carrots and apples, otherwise you're missing out on other types of nutrients; pills don't have the same benefits. Use flax seed in your cooking, as it is really high fiber (eg. 1 T ground flax has 2.0 grams of carbohydrate, 1.9 of which is fiber). Eat mustard greens (if you can't find 'em, get seeds from the garden store, you can grow them on a window sill or balcony -- I've been cooking with them for years and love them). They're a heck of a lot tastier than other greens. Eat avocados and broccoli. Black beans and lentils are good, almonds too... Careful -- if you change your diet really suddenly, the first effects may be... explosive! One source of info: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/p/fiberinfo.htm



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#434895 - 04/03/12 10:20 AM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: hope]
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Thanks! Luckily, all of the foods you mentioned are among my favorites.
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#434897 - 04/04/12 12:46 AM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: Zombie Zero]
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(Even flax seed? :-))That'll make it easier for sure -- I know someone who's trying to get all 30-40 gms of fibre / day by eating almonds. LOTS of almonds...
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#435110 - 04/23/12 11:51 PM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: hope]
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well I think that You need to focus on vegetables and fruits such as carrots and apple because both these are natural and would fulfill the requirement of fiber in body instead of taking chewable fiber tablets which can have side effects on body .

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#435144 - 05/03/12 01:03 PM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: peterjohn]
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ZZ, from a person that has IBS (Irratable Bowel Syndrom) I can totally understand digestive problems and the issues they can cause. I had lots of testing done and other than doctors saying I had IBS nothing definitive was done to alleviate it. I had a blood test done know as HemoCode which establishes which foods ones body has problems with. I elimnated these and WOW, what a difference; I have my life back.

Good luck to you.
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#435145 - 05/03/12 02:25 PM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: Dereck]
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That's great news Dereck

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#435147 - 05/03/12 07:55 PM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: gojuman59]
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Awesome Dereck.
I read that the test can be done at a pharmacy. Is that right?
Is it strictly for people with IBS, or can anyone get it done to find out which foods they are sensitive to?
Finally, is it covered by medical insurance?
Sorry for the "third degree" questioning, but it sounds like it may be worth the effort to have done. I don't have any digestion problems, but it would be good to have an idea about which foods to steer clear of.
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#435149 - 05/04/12 09:52 AM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: choonbee]
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Great tip, Dereck! I will look into getting that HemoCode test, too.
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#435152 - 05/04/12 04:59 PM Re: Fiber vs. Carbs [Re: MattJ]
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HemoCode is offered by a drugstore chain in Canada, but costs $450 per test(!) It's covered by some extended health plans that offer "naturopathic coverage". May be sensible (if slower) to experiment with food tolerances by cutting things out of your diet one by one to see which ones affect you. In http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/619525/new-statistics-reveal-10-most-common-food-intolerances: "An analysis of 2,000 clients screened between January and October 2010 revealed that the top 10 most common food and additive intolerances include:

1. Pork 6. Wheat Flour
2. Banana 7. Coffee
3. Peanut 8. Cocoa Bean
4. Wheat 9. Orange
5. Aspartame 10. Tangerine "


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