Acacia Fiber Update
First and foremost, H.V.M.N. products and formulas have not changed. They are still the same keto-supporting products with the same recipes you know and love.
Remind me, what is Acacia?
It's a soluble fiber, meaning that it mixes with the water in your digestive tract to turn into a gel-like substance that helps slow digestion. That gel-like substance is then broken down and used by the microbes in your gut, meaning it has amazing prebiotic benefits as well.
Studies have shown that supplementation with Acacia Fiber has the ability to help decrease BMI and improve blood glucose and insulin levels. It is a proven prebiotic that helps improve overall gut health and even has the ability to reduce symptoms of IBS.
See Evidence Grading and references at the bottom of this article.
What was the change?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released guidance notifying the food industry of updated definitions of "Dietary Fiber." Under this new rule, Acacia Fiber is pending review to be reclassified as a dietary fiber.
How will this impact my nutrition?
The short answer is—it won't.
If you count Net Carbs, you're probably familiar with the most common Net Carbs equation:
Net Carbs = Total Carbs - Fiber
But while Acacia is no longer listed as a Dietary Fiber inside the Nutrition Facts Panel, it is still the same non-digestible, low-glycemic-index, prebiotic soluble fiber that's always been in our products.
It can still be subtracted from Total Carbs—so think of it as a revised formula:
Net Carbs = Total Carbs - Fiber - Acacia
You may have seen a "modified" equation like this on other foods containing ingredients that don't count towards net carbs, like allulose or erythritol.
Why does this apply to H.V.M.N. products?
We use Acacia in our Keto Collagen+ and MCT Oil Powder products, so we want to ensure you know about this rule change, and assure you that our products remain the same nutritious and reliably-keto products you trust to keep in your home and use every day!
At the end of 2020, you will see the new H.V.M.N. Nutrition Facts Panels on our website, and the changes will roll out onto our physical packaging labeling in late 2020 / early 2021.
It is incredibly important to us to be transparent in our communication and 100% compliant with all food and supplement regulations, even if this new FDA classification makes things a bit confusing for net-carbs-counters.
Why does H.V.M.N. use Acacia?
MCT Oil by itself is a liquid. In order to get all of those great benefits into a less messy, scoopable format you can use easily every day, it needs to be mixed with a powder.
This is done through a process called spray drying, where the MCT Oil is finely sprayed onto a powder, and when you're done, you end up with a powder that's coated in MCT Oil.
Some brands use pretty awful ingredients as their powder base—these include ingredients like Soluble Corn Fiber or Maltodextrin, which can spike blood sugar and throw you off track. Some brands also use Casein, which is dairy-derived and we wanted a clean dairy-free formula (diet-friendly and allergy-friendly)! Other brands use Soy Lecithin, but we were adamant about not including unnecessary allergens like Soy.
Acacia is also the perfect powder to mix with MCT Oil—it gives the product a boost of prebiotic goodness without any of the blood sugar spikes or allergens of other products.
We consider Acacia Fiber to be one of the cleanest, most natural prebiotic soluble fibers out there, and we stand behind it!