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The benefit of CocoTherapy Coconut Chips as a fiber supplement.

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The benefit of CocoTherapy Coconut Chips as a fiber supplement.

  • Coconut Chips - 13.3 grams of fiber per 100 grams
  • Coconut fiber is about 93% insoluble fiber and 7% soluble fiber
Coconut dietary fiber has higher fiber content than many other fiber supplements. It contains four times as much fiber as oat bran and twice as much fiber as wheat bran or flaxseed meal. Unlike psyllium husk, wheat bran and most other sources of dietary fiber, coconut fiber does not contain phytic acid.

Fiber from legumes, grains, and psyllium contain phytic acid, which binds with minerals in the digestive tract and pulls them out from the body, thus mineral absorption is decreased. Coconut does not contain phytic acid and does not deplete the body of minerals, or interfere with the absorption of minerals in the digestive tract.

Dietary fiber for dogs is essential for maintaining good health. Fiber helps to maintain the gastrointestinal health of dogs, and helps in the prevention of diseases like diabetes, colon carcinoma, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Consuming insoluble fiber helps food pass through the digestive tract and increases stool bulk to help waste pass through more quickly, thereby preventing constipation and irregular stools.

Although dogs cannot digest fiber, bacteria in the intestine break apart the fiber into short- chain fatty acids. These acids provide energy to the cells lining the intestine. Intestinal cells require a high amount of energy to function properly and the fermentation of fiber helps in the digestion of nutrients in the intestine.

 

    • undigested, not absorbed into the bloodstream
    • not used for energy, is excreted from our bodies
    • insoluble fiber passes through our intestines largely intact
    • promotes regular bowel movement
    • remove toxic waste through the colon in less time
    • helps to prevent colon cancer by keeping optimal pH in intestines to prevent microbes
    • from producing cancerous substances
    • acts as food for beneficial gut bacteria

    The advantage of high insoluble fiber such as coconut chips, for instance, over high soluble fiber (fruits and veggies) is that it has a much greater impact on intestinal transit time.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, and other Digestive Disorders

    Is your dog affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or intermittent diarrhea? Adding CocoTherapy Coconut Chips to your dog’s daily diet can help. Coconut has one of the highest percentages of fiber among all plant foods. Because of its high fiber content, coconut makes an excellent source of dietary fiber when used as a fiber supplement.

    Coconut dietary fiber improves digestive function. Fiber in coconut acts as food for friendly gut bacteria, which enables beneficial bacteria to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that are vital for colon health.

    Coconut helps increase SCFAs in the gut and helps prevent and relieve symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and other digestive disorders.

    Generally speaking, Colitis is defined as a medical condition that is characterized by the swelling of the large intestine, which is also called the colon. However, Colitis is a relatively general term for this condition, and can be caused by several different factors. Colitis is also called SBS (Spastic Bowel Syndrome), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), and AC (Acute Colitis). The most common symptoms of Colitis are constipation, diarrhea, and, in some cases, weight loss.

    Though not all Colitis is able to be prevented, there are several things you can do to manage Colitis. One of the best things you can do is to monitor your dog's diet and eating habits.

    Many cases of chronic colitis respond to one of two dietary approaches:
    1) Increasing the amount of fiber in the animal's diet or
    2) Feeding a diet that is not likely to stimulate an allergic reaction (hypoallergenic diet).

    In general, veterinarians feel colitis is a fiber-responsive disease. The fibers are broken down into food for beneficial colon bacteria and to provide nutrients for colon cells. In addition, the anti-inflammatory effects of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) found in coconut chips can help soothe the digestive tract, and provide valuable support in controlling colitis in pets.


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