You my have strolled down your local grocery store and noticed many brands boldly portraying their products as great sources of fiber. This may have either led you to wonder what the importance of fiber really is, or you’ve strolled past it mindlessly without paying any attention. In this post you will learn a little about the benefits fiber holds and the importance of it.
Getting enough fiber is something people don’t put much thought into. To be realistic, most individuals aren’t sure how many grams of fiber their intaking per day.
We get fiber from unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans, and most people aren’t exactly loading their plates with these items. You’d be hard pressed to find any of them in your average fast-food value meal.
Why do we need fiber? A higher-fiber diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent constipation. High-fiber foods also tend to contain more nutrients and fewer calories, are digested more slowly, and help us feel full longer. Eating more foods rich in fiber, can also be an effective strategy to lose weight.
A few other great things that can result from increasing your fiber intake are:
- The roughage type of fiber (like that found in wheat bran, strawberry seeds, and apple and bean skins) helps move things along in the large intestine. This promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation.
- Fiber can reduce your risk of collateral cancer. If people who normally get little fiber suddenly doubled their intake through wiser food choices, they could lower their risk of colon cancer by 40%, according to research involving data collected from 10 European countries.
- Fiber (from whole grains, vegetables, and beans) may have protective effects against breast cancer.
The consumption of rich whole foods is undoubtedly the best form of fiber. Your body will respond and absorb the nutrients more effectively as opposed to taking fiber related supplements. Feed your body whole nutritious food! Don’t know where to get started? Send us an email, we can get you started!