Fiber Phenoms

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Most of us think of wheat grains when the word fiber pops up – not hemp, psyllium husks or glucomannan. We're traditionalists here in America and have been raised to think that Wheaties, Raisin Bran and 'high fiber' cereals are the end-all to getting enough fiber in diet. Aside from supplements, Americans consume the majority of daily fiber in the form of cereal, bread and the occasional trail mix.

Alternative forms of fiber are worth exploring, especially for those who nurture bad diets or may be allergic to wheat or gluten. Chia Seeds, for instance, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vegetable protein and calcium. This fiber phenom is from southern Mexico and is credited with delivering all kinds of benefits, including supporting colon health.

Water-soluble glucomannan may help maintain GI tract health and support cholesterol and blood sugar levels already in the normal range. It's sold in capsule form and when taken as directed may support regularity.