We’ve told you that eating fiber-rich foods can actually help lower cholesterol, but we haven’t told you why. Can you believe that scientists are still trying to determine that answer?
What is clear is that the cholesterol-controlling benefits of these foods are due to soluble fiber, which is found in the flesh of fruits like pears and apples, vegetables like peas, and whole grains like oats and barley. Anther type of soluble fiber is Acacia fiber, the kind that Cholesterade® is made from!
Acacia fiber comes from the sap of the Acacia Senegal tree, native to parts of Africa, Pakistan, and India. Also known as gum arabic and acacia gum, acacia fiber offers a number of health benefits.
In powder form, acacia can be stirred into water and consumed as a beverage. Some people prefer acacia to other forms of fiber because it isn’t gritty, doesn’t thicken, and has a fairly mild taste. It also mixes well into smoothies and other beverages.
Because of its high soluble fiber content, acacia fiber is thought to help lower cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar in check, protect against diabetes, and aid in the treatment of digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.
In addition, acacia fiber is said to suppress appetite, reduce gut inflammation, alleviate constipation, relieve diarrhea, and support weight loss efforts by helping you stay full for a longer period of time. It’s also said to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Acacia fiber, and other forms of soluble fiber, have the same sort of potential benefit that a cholesterol-lowering (statin) drug would have, in that it blocks the uptake of saturated fat or other harmful types of fat. Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, a registered dietitian and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has been quoted as saying that soluble fiber may also help reduce insulin resistance, which seems to play a role in unhealthy cholesterol levels.
There are also practical reasons that foods with soluble fiber may help with managing cholesterol: These foods tend to be lower in fat and more filling than foods without fiber, so they’re more likely to help you stick to your diet and achieve a healthy weight.
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