Are you really getting your fill of fiber?

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by Mia Gradney/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

HOUSTON—Sure, the box says “fiber filled,” but in many instances a Houston dietitian says the fiber in some products is manufactured and lacks the same nutritional value found in fiber-rich foods.

Some snack bars, cereal and bread are just a few of the products that contain chicory root fiber. It’s a plant root, but its extract is manipulated to mimic dietary fiber.

“They’re absolutely not the same,” explains Kari Kooi, a registered dietitian with the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “They don’t have the same health properties.”

Kooi believes they fall under what she calls a “health halo.” The fiber marketed and touted on the packaging leads people to believe it’s a great fiber-filled choice.

Kooi says it’s better to get your fiber, a recommended 25-30 grams a day, from beans, vegetables and fruit, especially since some people have a stomach aversion to manufactured fiber.

“They ferment in the large intestine and that can cause some discomfort, bloating and gas,” said Kooi.

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