The word “fiber” usually goes in one ear and out the other, even among nutrition enthusiasts. We hear it so often that it’s not even a buzz word anymore. In an effort to keep myself from losing my focus on fiber I decided to do some new research on the subject and see how it helps people lose weight and maintain good health.
Fiber has a couple key areas of the body where it shines brightest as a health benefit; your cardiovascular system and your digestive system. Both of these systems are incredibly important to us. Without them we would not be alive today, and keeping them healthy will aid us in living a longer, more comfortable life.
Let’s start with digestion. How does fiber help the digestive system exactly? Well, according to Dr. Mercola (or Dr. Fiber as he was known as in med school) fiber is unique in the sense that your body does not digest fiber like it does other foods.(1)
“Soluble fiber, like that found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber may help with weight control. Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve at all and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. Many whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, naturally contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.”
Dr. Mercola goes on to add his list of 9 reasons why Fiber is good for you. Check out the article here if you would like to learn more.
The digestive benefits tend to explain all of the other benefits if you think about it. It doesn’t take a nutritionist to figure out that your whole body will benefit from eating healthier foods instead of fatty junk foods loaded with chemicals and sugar. By eliminating those bad foods you are also combating against all of the related health problems they can cause, like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased risk of stroke, digestive problems (like IBS and hemorrhoids), and diabetes.
So don’t get bored with fiber. Fall in love with it all over again by trying some of these delicious high fiber recipes! Click the links below to check them out. Thanks for reading!
High Fiber Recipes for Any Occasion.
Want even more? Try this link here to Allrecipes.com’s high fiber section.