I try to make sure I’m getting enough fiber (both soluble and insoluble) in my daily diet, mostly through food sources but also by supplementing because I’m on a high-protein low-calorie diet to support my workout routine. My main food sources of dietary fiber are strawberries, blueberries, spinach, almonds, steel-cut oats, Brussels sprouts, and beets (all of which I eat daily). To help make sure I get to the 25-30g daily recommendation, I also supplement with two scoops daily of Optimum Nutrition Fitness Fiber. I’ve been using Fitness Fiber for at least a year and really like it, but I wanted to ask whether you know anything about this product and whether it has nutritional/health value. I found one review on Amazon where the reviewer claims that it’s mostly made up of “phony” fiber sources. It’s the only negative review of its type that I’ve been able to find anywhere online, and I’m not sure of the reviewer’s credentials, but it sounds like they know what their talking about. Here’s the review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2Q150KLG5GWAV/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B003VUHU0O&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=
Hi, thanks for your question. Looking at the ingredients there isn’t anything that you could describe as being “phony” fiber sources, although some are manufactured rather than truly natural fiber. Polydextrose, Digestion Resistant Maltodextrin, Inulin, Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum, Psyllium Seed Husk, Gum Arabic). Polydextrose, Inulin, Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum, Psyllium Seed Husk are all forms of fiber. However in my opinion, if one had to take a fiber supplement I would probably just look for a plain Organic whole Psyllium seed product. Gram for gram its probably cheaper and provides a high fiber content. That said getting fiber from food is a preferable option. Other sources of fiber that you can add to your diet would include nuts and seeds and lentils, as well as whole grain cereals. Sugar free bran flakes or all bran are a high source of fiber. Oranges, apples and bananas are fiber rich fruits and can easily be blended into a smoothie if you are looking for a quick way to consume more fiber. Fiber supplements can be useful, but remember they don’t contain any real nutritional value going beyond on their effect as a fiber. An apple or orange will provide fiber as well as valuable anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.