ROLE OF FIBRE IN DAILY DIET

Introduction: 

Dietary fibres are carbohydrate fibres that contain ten or more monomeric units. Lignin and other similar substances of plant origin, fibres of animal origin, and, synthetically modified non-digestible carbohydrate polymers are all sources of dietary fibres. 

Steadfast Tri Fibre:

Tri Fibre is a low-calorie blend of soluble fibre which helps to improve health and overall well being. It delays digestion, provides the required fibre important for digestive health and gives satiety for a longer time. 

Ingredients & their roles:

Tri Fibre is made up of resistant maltodextrin, inulin and guar gum, all derived from plant sources. These collectively improve the colon health and support good bacteria in the gut. It is a tasteless, odourless and colourless water-soluble fibre, which is easy to consume and conveniently adds the required amount of fibre to the diet.

1. Resistant Maltodextrin: A soluble dietary fibre, Resistant Maltodextrin maintains healthy intestinal movement, blood glucose levels, and serum lipids. It is gluten free and helps in managing appetite hormones for better satiety. It also improves bowel movement and relieves occasional constipation. Moreover, it controls the body’s triglycerides levels, improving the lipid profile and keeping  cholesterol levels in check.

2. Inulin: It is a polysaccharide that occurs naturally and belongs to a class of dietary fibre known as fructans. Inulin is generally found in a plant’s roots or rhizomes. The inulin in Tri Fibre is extracted from chicory roots which are known for their prebiotic properties. Prebiotic is any food known to enhance the good bacteria in the gut, which improves the health and overall well being. Inulin improves colon health and detoxifies organs in the body. It also aids in improving the intestinal transient time which further reduces the risk of constipation and gives you a feeling of fullness for a longer period. 

3. Guar gum: It is a plant polysaccharide which is chemically composed of sugars like galactose and mannose. Guar Gum is water-soluble and forms a gel like structure which is shown to improve satiety. Regular consumption of this fibre improves the colon health. It also seems to delay the emptying of the stomach, which keeps a person satiated for longer. Guar Gum also helps in improving the body’s lipid profile by raising “good” cholesterol, which helps in reducing the risk of many lifestyle diseases.

Who can take Tri Fibre?

People who want to improve the fibre content in their daily diet can add Tri Fibre to their meals. As per the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance), an adult should consume 35 to 40 grams of fibre per day to obtain maximum benefits. 

Working professionals: People with a hectic schedule tend to skip their meals and overeat in the next meal because of starvation. This is not only bad for health but also makes them prone to different lifestyle diseases. Tri Fibre helps such people stay satiated for a longer.

People conscious of their weight: Tri Fibre can help people manage their weight by adding the much needed extra fibre to their diet. Fibre is not digested in the digestive system - it gets fermented by the gut bacteria as their food source, thereby improving the colon health, reducing “bad”- cholesterol and managing blood glucose levels. Fibre keeps one full for longer which helps in avoiding unwanted calories, thus supporting weight loss. 

Elderly: Ageing weakens the digestive system of the elderly people, which generally leads to different issues like constipation or repeated episodes of acid reflux- adding Tri Fibre to their diet helps in improving bowel movement, tackles constipation and also helps in managing acidity reflux. A healthy gut also improves the absorption of different nutrients essential for old people to maintain their overall health. 

People with chronic illness: People suffering from liver, kidney or intestinal diseases can take Tri Fibre as it is helpful in the detoxification of organs. It also helps to improve overall health by enhancing the absorption of different micronutrients in the intestine. People on heavy medications generally lose their appetite which makes them prone to starvation and hinders the absorption of different nutrients. Hence, Tri Fibre works to increase organ functioning and improves the intestinal absorption of different micronutrients.  

Diabetics: An elevated body mass index and waist circumference are the two risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The role of dietary fibre in weight reduction has been examined in both animal and human studies. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), constipation and obesity have been observed with the regular intake of soluble fibre in the daily diet of the population studied. 

https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/40600 

Directions to take Tri Fibre: 

Tri Fibre can be consumed anytime throughout the day. It can easily be mixed in water and can be taken with meals or in between meals. In addition, it is resistant to heat which is why it can be easily added to soups, sprinkled over salads or mixed in dals or vegetables.  

Conclusion:

Overall Steadfast Tri Fibre improves the colon health, postprandial serum glucose levels, lowers “bad”-cholesterol, manages acidity, delays emptying of the stomach, adds bulk to the diet, improves the bowel movement and enhances overall well being. 

References:  

https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/40600

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3931889/

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/fibre-in-food

https://www.steadfastnutrition.in/collections/sn/products/tri-fibre

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