Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know that most people are only eating 9-11 grams of fiber a day? That is less than half the recommended amount! The FDA recommends that adults consume 14 grams of fiber for each 1,000 calories they consume. So, if you eat 2,000 calories a day you should eat 28 grams of fiber.

You can get 15-17 grams of fiber in only one serving of a delicious Simply Free Plant Powered Wellness Yogurt or Drink.

People who eat more fiber may also live longer. In a nine-year study of 388,000 women and men, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that people who ate the most fiber-rich diets lived the longest.

Fiber is found in the plant cell walls of vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. Your body cannot digest it so it doesn’t add calories to foods.

Adding more fiber to your diet can help support your weight loss efforts naturally3.

Five fiber benefits include:

  • Fiber adds bulk to food without adding calories. It makes people feel fuller so they don’t overeat7.
  • Fiber increases metabolism compared to similar foods with no fiber. Foods containing more fiber are harder for your body to digest because digestive enzymes have to work around the fiber. That means your body uses more energy (called the thermal effect of food) to digest your meal8.
  • Fiber slows down digestion so you feel full longer8.
  • Both soluble and insoluble fiber binds to fat and other calories and carries some of them out of the body9.
  • Chewing on fiber makes mealtime more satisfying. This helps reduce hunger.

There is insoluble and soluble fiber.

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Insoluble fibers are found in seeds and skins of fruit and whole grains. It adds bulk and helps sweep out waste in the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber helps support regular bowel functioning.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form gels. Soluble fibers are found in oats, fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber slows down digestion and keeps you feeling full longer. It slows down the absorption of foods which can stabilize blood sugar levels.

Our products use natural fiber from fruits, seeds and tubers. Our fiber comes from ingredients like cucumber seeds, hemp seed, acacia, konjac, and cacao fruit.

Can I get bloated from eating too much fiber?

If your body isn’t used to fiber your gut bacteria can get a little crazy when they see it. They start eating too much fiber all at once and produce gas which can cause bloating.

To prevent bloating go slow and drink extra water when you first introduce fiber to your diet. This will give you gut bacteria time to adjust.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acid but it can’t make them. It must get them in foods.

Our products contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. We get our ALA from chia oil.

If your body isn’t used to fiber your gut bacteria can get a little crazy when they see it. They start eating too much fiber all at once and produce gas which can cause bloating.

To prevent bloating go slow and drink extra water when you first introduce fiber to your diet. This will give you gut bacteria time to adjust.

Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acid but it can’t make them. It must get them in foods.

Our products contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. We get our ALA from chia oil.

ALA is an essential fatty acid. That means your body needs ALA but it can’t make it and you need to get it from foods.

ALA supports healthy cardiovascular, eye and brain function.

Prebiotics are foods, such as fiber, that feed your gut microbiome.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria they may help your gut. Some people call them good or friendly bacteria.

The gut microbiome is all the bacteria and other microbes that live in your gut or digestive tract. What you eat can influence the types of microbes that live in your gut.

We want your gut to be healthy and functioning well. We make healthy products that enhance gut health while still being fun and tasty!

All of our Simply Free products are free of added sugars! We use natural fruits without any added sugars.

Cacao fruit pulp is the sweet white pulp removed from the cocoa beans used to make chocolate. The tasty fruit pulp can be used to make delicious drinks and yogurts. As a bonus, cacao pulp is rich in antioxidants and has an ORAC Count of 9,000 per 100 g.

Antioxidants are molecules that help protect cells from being damaged by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that have lost an electron. Losing an electron makes them unstable and they go around trying to steal electrons from stable cells. This damages cells and causes inflammation.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating an electron to them. This stabilizes the free radical and keeps them from harming cells. You can find antioxidants in many foods including fruits and vegetables.

*The FDA recommends you consume between 20-30 grams fiber a day.

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Copy by Susan M Fluegel, PHD Nutritional Biochemist. Knowledge gives you the power to make healthy choices. Food gives you the energy for life.