JUST LIKE FIBER … Digestibility Corrected WiO Smart Carbohydrate Inhibitor & Fat Blocker

Most all consumers are aware that when counting calories and grams of carbohydrates that we subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrates because they don’t count. But many people don’t know why they don’t count.
The concept of subtracting fiber from total carbohydrates is a principle called “digestibility-correction.”
The reason we all have been told that we subtract fiber is because we (humans) can’t digest fiber carbohydrates. Even though fiber has calories, we as humans can’t use them for energy because we don’t have the right kind of digestive enzymes to break them down and digest them.
If you look at the Nutrition Facts label above you will see that the total calories is 50.
Let’s do some quick math:

  • 1 gram of fat is 9 calories
  • 10 grams of carbohydrates is 40 calories
  • Add the fats (9) and carbs calories (40) together and they total 50 calories (rounded up)
  • You will also see that half of the total carbohydrates (5 grams) is fiber

If we can’t digest the calories from fiber (20 calories) then why doesn’t the label say 30 calories instead of 50? Because posting the total calories is part of the labeling law, it is a requirement in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Food manufacturers are required to list what the nutritional value is of all the ingredients that are in the foods. And the caloric value of those ingredients are to be determined by a bomb calorimeter. A bomb calorimeter will burn the food sample with fire to determine the caloric total. As we all know, the human body doesn’t burn calories with “fire” to get energy but uses enzyme digestion.

Good to know

The CFR even gives an example of the term “digestibility-corrected” which is a term adopted by the FDA in 1993. The CFR example shows that certain proteins are not absorbed by all persons at the same rate or value. Baby formulas were given as an example. It has mostly been used to identify the digestive quality of different proteins, but can be applied to all nutrients, as applicable. According to the CFR we are regulated to inform the consumer that our SmartFoods may not be digested at the same “nutritional” values as posted in the Nutrition Facts label. Our new product labels will have BOTH the nutrition information and a Digestive Facts label on each of our SmartFood labels.
The adoption of the ‘digestibility-correction’ (DC) concept isn’t new, it was adopted back in 1993 and listed in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). It is a principle recognized and approved by the FDA and USDA.
The truth is, some people will choose to believe certain things. There are those that believe that we have been visited by aliens and some believe that we never landed on the moon in 1969. We can’t prove or disprove either, but it is a verifiable absolute fact that there are certain molecule structures that will inhibit and block carbohydrates & fats from being digested.

Important facts

For a good visual explanation of how a Carbohydrate Inhibitor works go to YouTube and enter “competitive enzyme inhibitors” in the search bar. You will find over 1,000 references that explain how this bio-logical function works. These references are used in medical schools, research firms, and as educational tutorials. This science is nothing new. This link on YouTube is one of our favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PILzvT3spCQ People can choose to believe in the science carbohydrate inhibiting or not. However, it will not impact how effective they can be.

Will it Pass the Test?

Some critics complain that our claims are not correct. Because if they perform a bomb calorimeter test on our food the machine WILL report levels of carbohydrates and fats present, so are we lying? It is important to understand how this testing equipment measures calories. A calorie is a unit that is used to measure energy. A Calorie (kcal) is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius. To determine the number of calories (kcals) in a given food the machine directly measures the energy it produced when burned, not digested. The food is placed in a sealed container surrounded by water, an apparatus known as a bomb calorimeter. The food is then completely burned and the resulting rise in water temperature is measured. The amount of heat rise of the water will determine the calories present in the food.
QUESTION: So, how many calories of fat will the bomb calorimeter measure is in our foods?
ANSWER: As many as any other food would measure (if the same recipe was used!)
What does this prove? That the WiO Smart Foods are a scam? We have NEVER stated that our foods don’t have fats in them, but rather that because we add a fat blocker your body can’t digest the fat. It is vitally important to note that when you eat food you don’t actually “burn” calories, but you “digest” fat, protein and carbohydrates to get energy. You do this by enzyme and chemical action, not by burning food. You don’t have a small furnace that lights up when food enters your stomach, which uses a flame to burn the food to an ash. If you put some hay or grass in a bomb calorimeter it would measure calories too. But you and I can’t digest hay or grass for proteins, carbohydrates and fats. That is because we don’t have the right kind of digestive enzymes needed to break down those types of foods. Our Smart Foods do have fats in them, but because of our blocker your digestive enzymes can’t break them down, which means you get no energy or calories from them. They simply pass through your body and is eliminated as waste, the same way that pharmaceutical drug would work.
A more effective test would be to test the blood after eating our foods and look for glucose and lipids. And to use a bomb calorimeter on the feces after eating our foods. If there is carbohydrates and fats present then that means that the body didn’t digest them. Below, we have provided test that have done that.
There are several clinical studies that confirm its effectiveness:

  • Preclinical data on weight and blood parameters

    WiO FB was administered at a ratio of 10% of dietary fat to 42 animals. They were divided equally into low and high fat diet groups, then subdivided into control groups and active. Animals were followed for 6 weeks.Results: Animals exposed to WiO FB in the active group weighed less and had lower body fat percentage. WiO FB was also shown to significantly reduce triglycerides and leptin levels, while increasing insulin sensitivity. There was a significant increase of fat in fecal excretion.

  • Preclinical data on plasma fatty acids

    Randomized animals were placed on either a Western diet or a test diet. Diets were identical, except the cellulose fiber in the Western diet was replaced with WiO FB. Animals were given food and water and libitum. Blood samples were collected at 2, 5, 10 and 14 weeks. Results: At the study’s conclusion, there was a significant reduction in total cholesterol, proatherogenic lipoproteins and lower saturated fat blood levels. Data suggests that WiO FB may be useful in promoting cardiovascular health.

  • Effect in obese patients with type II diabetes

    A human 3-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study that were obese and Type II diabetic patients. They took two grams of WiO FB per meal and were instructed not to change their eating or exercise habits.Results: decreased triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol levels in patients with high blood fat levels.

  • Effect on lipid levels in healthy overweight

    A human double-blind, placebo controlled, two-month crossover study with overweight (but not obese) volunteers. Patients took two tablets per meal; half taking a placebo, half taking WiO FB. They were instructed not to change eating or activity programs.Results: Statistically significant reduction of weight, total cholesterol, and LDL-Cholesterol levels. Near significance was found in increased insulin sensitivity and Apo B (p =0.06).

  • Effect on Postprandial triglycerides

    A double-blind, placebo controlled trial investigated the acute postprandial responses in healthy adults over a 3 hour period to a fat-containing commercial breakfast with or without WiO FB.34 healthy adults consumed a commercial breakfast (26 g of fat of which 10 g saturated fat) with 2 active or 2 placebo tablets.WiO FB reduced significantly post-prandial blood triglyceride levels, demonstrating reduced energy absorption. This result has implications for improving health by reducing the postprandial pro-inflammatory and pro-oxidant states associated with the consumption of high fat diets.The WiO Smart Fat Blocker is a natural non-reducing chiral polysaccharide fiber (WiO FB), whose molecules are made of several glucose building blocks units that are covalently attached end to end via ?-1, 4 linkages which forms a truncated cone configuration

These formation of molecules are an “All Natural” extraction process degradation of starch primarily corn. The WiO FB molecules are structured so that the hydrophilic (water-loving) glucose building blocks face outwards and there is a lipophilic cavity (i.e. one with an affinity for fat) on the inside. This cavity can receive another lipophilic molecule as “guest,” the cohesion between the two molecules is only produced by relatively weak van der Waals forces (weak, short-range electrostatic attractive forces between uncharged molecules, arising from the interaction of permanent or transient electric dipole moments), The weak van der Waals forces in such inclusion compounds leave the two counterpart molecules unchanged.
We won’t follow the path of many that promise you will lose weight, look younger and grow your hair back. We simply will promise to provide you with delicious tasting and healthy options when you want to improve the quality of your food choices. We use natural ingredients that offer some beneficial functions when eating. People can choose to believe in the science of carbohydrate inhibiting and fat blocking or not. However, it will not impact how effective they can be.
The statements, products and protocol have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The products are intended as dietary supplements. Any information is intended as statistical and educational information.