Why You Should Eat More Fiber

June 10, 2015

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You’ve probably encountered many a healthy diet program based on eating fiber-rich foods such as legumes, whole grains, and whole fruits and vegetables, so you might be wondering if fiber-based diets are indeed that good for our bodies. Actually, they really are.

Eating foods that are high in fiber normalizes your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, has a positive effect on bowel function, and keeps you from feeling hungry all the time.

Dr. Arthur Agatston, a preventive cardiologist, claims that: “Fiber plays an important role in long-term health, but as a society, we don’t consume nearly enough. According to some statistics, Americans only eat between 12 and 17 grams per day when they should be getting 25-30 grams per day.”

Time to Fiber up!

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber regulates blood sugar levels by postponing the absorption of glucose in your blood stream, while it also reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the blood stream. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, promotes regularity when it comes to your stool.

Both types of fiber are equally important for the health of your body, and the good thing is that most foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. However, oats, nuts, beans, and fruits contain predominately soluble fiber, while whole grains and vegetables contain more insoluble fiber.


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