These days, many cereals are pumped up with "isolated fibers" like inulin, oat fiber
, corn fiber, and wheat fiber.
While some types of soluble fiber, such as oat fiber
, are known to lower blood cholesterol, studies have not yet found this benefit for acacia fiber.
Effect of beta-glucan level in oat fiber
extracts on blood lipids in men and women.
The 50-g nutrient bars contained 3.3 g of L-arginine as well as antioxidant vitamins and minerals, folic acid, and B vitamins in a soy protein and oat fiber
Oatrim is a powdered, soluble oat fiber
that an ARS researcher in Peoria, Illinois, originally developed as a natural, low-calorie fat substitute in foods.
Inglett also has created a one-ounce chocolate bar containing Z-Trim, oat fiber
, artificial sweetener and beta-glucan from Oatrim-10, another fat substitute he developed.
Anderson calls the findings a "meaningful and important" addition to the growing body of data that indicates "Americans must eat more oat fiber
" to head off a variety of health problems.
While the first ingredient is whole-grain wheat flour, most of the crackers' extra fiber comes from the isolated oat fiber
that Nabisco adds.
" on the ingredient list can be either insoluble or soluble fiber.
Williams claims techniques have been developed and refined for concentrating oat fiber
, while retaining the molecular structure of the oat bran/flour.
The scientists' objective was to use extrusion processing to increase the solubility of wheat bran and oat fiber
. Fibers were extruded using a commercial co-rotating twin-screw extruder.
The soluble oat fiber
- now called Quaker [TM] Oatrim 5 - has most of its natural oat cereal flavor removed by the processing technology, so it can be used in a wide variety of food products without affecting their flavor profiles.