why don't items claming "whole grains" equal high fiber

By Lakeland Latest Reply 2011-03-18 05:49:51 -0500
Started 2011-03-11 17:37:43 -0600

I do like High fiber foods for not allowing my sugars to spike and I know I can check the labels, but I was assuming that whole grains meant High fiber and it doesn't. But why???

Many cerials, & crackers make it a point of putting that info on the boxes but you think whole grains would show up as fiber

any thoughts??

16 replies

Lakeland 2011-03-17 19:58:19 -0500 Report

a dietician sent me this reply I know it can be confusing - keep paying attention to labels and eventually it will be easier.

Whole grain products (breads, cereals, grains like brown rice) will always have MORE fiber than the refined versions - so that is better for blood sugar (it takes longer to digest)… BUT this doesn't mean that all whole grain products are HIGH fiber - since there are a lot of different types of whole grains, they have various fiber contents.

Here is some info on fiber for you

whitetigress 2011-03-17 20:09:59 -0500 Report

Lakeland, :) did you read my response? Did it help? The package must say whole grain. If it doesn't say that on the front of the package, then it isn't. :) I don't mean to sound mean, I find all dieticians to be hard to understand .. I think it is their way of getting another appointment out of you.

Lakeland 2011-03-18 00:00:47 -0500 Report

Thanks, I do get it now. I'll stick to reading lables. I had just gotten fooled by reading the big letters on the box whole grain & I assumed something I shouldn't have. They got me on that one & they wont' anymore

much thanks to everyone

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 08:00:59 -0500 Report

I have seen a new cereal advertised on TV that is by Post (I think) and it is actual whole grains that are steamed and then toasted. I have not found it in my stores yet, but it might be a nice source of fiber. Unless the fill it with all kinds of sugars.

whitetigress 2011-03-17 09:44:12 -0500 Report

Are you talking about Fiber Plus? :) Good morning Gabby!

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 19:22:39 -0500 Report

Hey WT! I missed you, glad to see you back.
No, it's a new cereal. I will have to see an ad again and pay more attention. It shows that it's flakes are just like rolled whole grains instead of processed flakes. I have just seen it a couple of times.

whitetigress 2011-03-17 19:45:42 -0500 Report

I think I've seen that commercial … they practically turn the processed flake into sawdust. I have been back for a while (close to a month). Of course, just as opinionated as before … :) but, I mean well.

whitetigress 2011-03-16 20:42:16 -0500 Report

If a product is 5g of fiber or higher, then it is a high fiber food … anything under 5g is considered a good source of fiber but not a high one. Whole grains are important too because whatever you are eating has the whole-grain included. 100% whole wheat bread (for example) is not whole-grain as most of the grain is stripped away. Whole grain food is healthy but fiber is a different type of food and just as healthy.

I like Fiber One cereal … the original because it is the lowest in sodium content. It contains 14g of fiber for 1 serving of the cereal (indicated on the box). This is particularly good if your bs is particularly high that morning. I don't limit it to breakfast though. I eat it whenever I need to. I also put cinnamon on it. :)

Just an additional comment, sometimes salt acts like sugar in the body and it can raise your bs #'s…

kdroberts 2011-03-11 20:16:21 -0600 Report

The difference in weight between whole grains and processed grains is very minimal. About 85% of a grain is the part that is kept when processing a grain, only 15% is the stuff that makes it a whole grain. When you are measuring things like vitamins and minerals you are measuring them in milligrams or occasionally in micrograms. That is 1/1000 and 1/1000000 of a gram so it doesn't take much to significantly increase your intake of a certain vitamin or mineral. Fiber is measured in grams so it's hard to bump that up when using the whole grain on its own.

GabbyPA 2011-03-11 20:08:02 -0600 Report

Fiber is one of the hardest things to get enough of. Whole grains have fiber, but not enough to fill what you need. I thought I could get it from veggies, but even they don't really have that much fiber. You have to consume a lot more raw unprocessed foods to get the fiber you need naturally without supplementation.

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