The Importance of Fiber
Although fiber is known to prevent constipation, dietary fiber comes with many more benefits to your overall health and helps your body manage cholesterol, GI issues, and even Type 2 diabetes.
Keep reading to learn more about dietary fiber, what types of fiber there are, and more benefits of a high-fiber diet.
Dietary fiber includes the parts of fruits, vegetables, and all other food that your body cannot digest or absorb.
This is different than fats, proteins, or carbohydrates which your body breaks down and absorbs.
Fiber is processed through your stomach, small intestine, and colon without breaking down.
There are Two Dietary Types of Fiber:
Soluble fiber that dissolves in water can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
Insoluble fiber, which cannot be dissolved in water, assists the movement of material throughout your digestive system. This type of fiber can aid those who experience constipation or have irregular stools.
Why Should You Have a High-Fiber Diet?
Fiber is great for normalizing bowel movements while making stool easier to pass and can assist in maintaining overall bowel health.
Fiber (especially soluble fiber) can also help your body lower its cholesterol.
Because fiber slows the absorption of sugar within your blood, it aids to control blood sugar levels, which can also help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Foods that are High in Fiber:
Foods that are high in soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley.
Insoluble Fiber: Foods that are high in insoluble fiber include whole-wheat flour, nuts, beans, cauliflower, potatoes, and green beans.
How much Fiber Should You Include in Your Diet?
The amount of fiber each person needs is different depending on their general health, weight, age, and diet.
If you’re looking for guidance on how much fiber you should have in your diet or if you struggle with high cholesterol, GI issues or Type 2 diabetes, contact us today!
– ProNatural Wellness Group Team
Sources: Harvard.edu, Mayo Clinic