Why is Fiber Important?
We have all heard that eating a diet that is high in fiber is good for our health yet many of us do not understand what fiber is all about.
Fiber is the indigestible portion of plant foods which therefore cannot get absorbed into the blood stream. Fiber is therefore not used for energy and instead is used to help with bowel function, removing toxic waste, preventing constipation, helping with digestive ailments, lowering “bad” LDL levels and reducing the risk of heart disease and many forms of cancer. Fiber comes in one of two different components:
- Soluble fiber is fiber that is fermented in the colon and helps with the production of good bacteria in the bowel. Good sources of soluble fiber include oat bran, nuts, dried beans, dried peas, many fresh fruits and vegetables, flax seeds and psyllium husk.
- Insoluble fiber moves bulk through the intestines, promotes a balanced pH in the intestines and promotes regular bowel movements. Sources of insoluble fiber include dark, leafy green vegetables and green beans, fruit and root vegetable skins, whole wheat products and many seeds and nuts.
Soluble fiber also increased benefits of helping people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Those who have high cholesterol will also benefit from soluble fiber as it lowers LDL cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk for heart disease, hypertension and stroke. People who have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes should eat foods that are high in soluble fiber because it can regulate blood sugar levels. It can also reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.
Soluble fiber does not hamper the absorption of vitamins and minerals because it does not bind to these things. In the United States, it has been estimated that people only get about half the daily recommended levels of fiber. If we ate more fiber, it would dramatically decrease our risk of getting obesity, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and colon cancer. Anyone concerned about his health should make a special point to add more soluble fiber to his diet to help lower these risks.
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