Wheat Bran Fiber

The best fiber for regularity

Wheat bran is packed with nutrition, and offers many dietary benefits. The nutritional benefits of wheat bran are mainly undisputed. For a time, it was thought that wheat bran might fight cancer, but this remains largely unproven. However, a cup (58 g) of wheat bran does offer significant nutritional pluses. One cup of wheat bran contains 99% of the US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber, nine grams of protein, and 34% of the RDA for iron. Wheat bran is also high in protein, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B6, and is low in fat, with no cholesterol, and no sugar or sodium.

One commonly sees wheat bran in certain cereals, like All-Bran, Raisin Bran or Bran Flakes. All-Bran cereals and snacks are really good sources of wheat bran fiber as most of them contain it as their primary source of fiber. Further many are familiar with bran muffins, which rose to popularity in the 1980s. Wheat bran is beneficial toward providing digestive regularity and ending constipation because it is very high in dietary fiber. Some also claim that foods containing wheat bran provide a feeling of fullness. This claim may be true, since wheat bran tends to absorb water and expand in the digestive system.

One can also purchase wheat bran in bulk, which makes it quite easy to add to cereals like granola or to baked goods. Wheat bran muffins are a natural choice, but adding wheat bran to pancakes, biscuits, waffles, or even cookies is a great way to bulk up the nutritional value of a food.

Wheat bran is one of nature's richest sources of natural food fiber, recognized for its role in helping to maintain regularity.

Wheat bran can help:

- Give you 100 percent of the natural fiber you need.
- Help maintain regularity
- Help maintain normal bowel function
- Relieve occasional constipation, such as caused by changes in dietary habits or travel.

For more information on fiber please the facts on fiber website.

Sources: WiseGeek, Belly Bytes