The Importance of Fiber to Your Health
Adults should eat 25-25 grams of fiber per day for optimal health. Unfortunately, most adults get 15 grams of fiber or less in their diet. Fiber is very important for many reasons. There are 2 different kinds of fiber and both are important. There is soluble fiber which dissolves in water and comes from fruits, veggies, oats and wheat. Insoluble fiber leaves the body unchanged and is found in nuts, seeds and celery.
Fiber is necessary for good colon health. A diet high in fiber helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber adds more bulk to stool so waste and toxins can be more quickly passed and eliminated. Another benefit of fiber is weight control. Eating a diet rich in fiber makes you feel fuller, longer. This means you eat less which helps reduce calories.
Another benefit of fiber is it helps control blood sugar levels. Fiber slows down the absorption of glucose into our bloodstream. This prevents the spikes and drops in blood sugar levels and is very helpful for those who have Type 2 diabetes.
Fiber is also good for people who have high cholesterol levels and heart disease. Fiber can reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart attacks.
Here are some yummy foods that can help you add more fiber to your diet. Its always better to get your fiber from whole foods, not processed foods that have added fiber.
* Brown rice and oatmeal
* Chia and flax seeds
* Beans (black, red, garbanzo)