Pale and unassuming, acacia fiber powder is not what immediately springs to mind when someone says “superfood.”
But, there’s more to the humble acacia tree than meets the eye.
The twisted, wizened branches and distinctive spreading form of the Acacia senegal tree is a familiar shape on the horizon of semi-desert regions across Africa, Pakistan, and India. The sap of the tree, dried and ground into a powder, has become regarded as one of the most powerful food-based prebiotics in existence.
We’ve put acacia fiber under the spotlight to give you the lowdown on its powerful properties.
A Superfood Source of Dietary Fiber.
We’re constantly being told to “eat more fiber” and, indeed, we should be consuming around 25 to 38 grams daily (as per The American Dietetic Association recommendations). Despite this, on average, Americans only consume a little over half this amount. If we know we’re supposed to be eating fiber, why is it so hard to meet our targets?
Let’s put things into perspective—one whole head of broccoli contains approximately 4 grams of dietary fiber, so to meet your recommended daily intake, you’d need to consume a minimum of six heads of broccoli daily! Don’t get us wrong, we love broccoli, but we’d rather not eat it in that sort of quantity. Of course, there are other sources of plant based dietary fiber beyond broccoli, but when you weigh up the numbers it’s easy to understand why so many of us simply aren’t getting enough.
One of the most notable health benefits of acacia fiber is its high percentage of dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber, which accounts for as much as 80% of its weight! Dietary fiber is indigestible, yet is a necessary component for the maintenance of digestive health. It’s an odd concept; we can’t digest it, so why do we need it?
Unlike most foods that are digested or absorbed, soluble fiber is instead broken down and fermented by the bacteria in our colon, and it provides a fuel source for the beneficial flora that live there. One of its primary roles is to help food pass quickly through the digestive tract, supporting digestion, regularity, healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and increased feelings of satiety.
With the modern Western diet high in processed foods, reaching your daily quota of fiber can be tough—and while we love broccoli, the thought of eating six whole heads of it simply turns us a bit, well, green. Supplementing your daily fiber intake with Sari Foods Organic Acacia Fiber could be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to supporting your body’s digestive health.
Feed your miraculous microbiome.
Many factors of modern daily life can cause an imbalance of the bacteria that live within our gut, such as the use of antibiotics, stress, environmental toxins, and diet. We've long understood the far-reaching benefits of a diet high in fiber, like supported bowel function and heart health, but the fibers in certain foods like acacia powder are considered prebiotics and they do much more than keep us regular—they also feed our miraculous microbiome.
Gut bacteria (or gut microbiota) have a massive influence on the body. In addition to supporting overall health on many levels, gut flora are also responsible for the digestion of some types of carbohydrates that the human body is not equipped to digest. The bacteria metabolise these prebiotics into short chain fatty acids, which the body can then use for energy. Gut bacteria also produce some B vitamins and vitamin K.
Each person has trillions of bacteria living inside their gut and, ideally, we want to have about 85% good bacteria and 15% bad. This is an ideal ratio to keep the gut healthy and functioning optimally, but when this ratio changes, problems can start to arise. Supplement your diet with Acacia Fiber and
Support your weight management efforts.
Research indicates that microbial health is crucial for healthy weight management and that nurturing the right balance of microbes in your digestive tract through prebiotic foods (such as acacia fiber) supports digestion, weight management, and energy levels so that you can look and feel your best.
A 2002 study published in The British Journal of Nutrition explains that prebiotic foods promote fullness or a sense of satiety. As an excellent source of soluble fiber, acacia helps keep you satiated so you aren’t tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks between meals. In fact, by absorbing water in the stomach to form a thick gel-like substance, acacia fiber can help to slow digestion and curb cravings.
Choose premium, ethically sourced, 100% whole food goodness.
Why choose whole food based and naturally occurring, organic nutrients? Whole foods have a complex nutritional makeup, delivering beneficial micro and macronutrients that our bodies can more readily recognize and extract.
And when it comes to what you put in your body, premium is always the best choice! Choose 100% Acacia senegal rather than low grade Acacia seyal. Grown in its native Africa, our acacia is sourced from the sap of the Acacia senegal tree, where the trees only flourish in the nutrient rich soil and climate conditions that are unique to this region. Sari Foods sustainably sourced Acacia Fiber Powder is organically grown under strict USDA regulations and has been harvested at its nutritional peak. It is natural, unhydrolyzed, and contains no additives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Naturally free from odor, a strong flavor, and grit, acacia fiber dissolves easily, making it easy to incorporate into your daily diet.
Get your gut-game strong.
Without a healthy digestive system, the body cannot absorb the nutrients it needs to repair and thrive—one of the most supportive things you can do for your health is take care of your gut! Sari Foods Organic Acacia Fiber Powder is carefully sourced and minimally processed to give your “good guys” a massive helping hand.
We love acacia fiber for all its superfood goodness, but we also love that it’s super dissolvable, giving our smoothies and “nice cream” an oh-so-creamy texture. If you’re not sure how to include acacia fiber into your diet, or are just looking for some new inspiration, The Sari Life Blog contains easy, delicious recipes and tips to help you hit your fiber targets.
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