When you think about sources of soluble fiber, you may think of oatmeal, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, maybe even juices, such as OJ. But did you think of coffee? A new study shows that brewed coffee actually contains soluble fiber, the same type found in other healthy foods. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, drip coffee, espresso, and freeze-dried coffee contained between .47 and .75 grams of fiber per 100 milliliters. Women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day, and men, 38. However, half of adults consume 15 grams or less! A medium-sized cup of HealthWise coffee can contain 1.5 grams of fiber, as much as an apple!
It may surprise you to learn that juices, which are often thought of as “part of a balanced breakfast,” actually provide very few health benefits. In fact, by removing fruit pulp from juices, valuable fiber and vitamins are lost and the drink becomes just another sugary liquid. Juices often have as much or more sugar than soda, making them not a good source of nutrition, but of tooth decay and weight gain. Stick to eating whole fruits and vegetables to meet your daily intake!
So another message is this: Be confident that you are well along your way to getting your daily requirements of soluble fiber when you drink your cup(s) of HealthWise coffee….and be alert for commercials that tell you that your day should start with orange juice