Friday, August 22, 2008

Why You Must Eat Fiber For Good Health

High-fiber foods have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help to keep your digestive system healthy. But most people don't even come close to the recommended intake of 20 grams to 35 grams of fiber a day.



Do You ?



Fiber is the non digestible cellulose found in vegetables, whole grains,nuts,seeds, and beans. It retains moisture and creates bulk which helps you feel full to help you avoid overeating and move food through your digestive tract.

Benefits Of Eating Fiber:

Fiber prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis. Fiber is also linked to prevent some cancers especially colon and breast cancer

Also some studies have shown that large amounts of fiber in the diet can help regulate blood glucose and insulin and are less prone to gain weight as they age.

Types Of Fiber:

There are two types of fiber soluble, and insoluble fiber. Both are undigested and not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead of being used for energy, fiber is excreted from our bodies.

Soluble Fiber Sources:

Oatmeal, oat bran

Apples

Strawberries

Nuts and seeds

Legumes

Beans

Pears

Blueberries


Insoluble Fiber Sources:

Whole wheat bread

Tomatoes

Brown rice

Barley

Celery

Whole grain breakfast cereals

Wheat bran
Seeds

Carrots

Cucumbers

Zucchini

Want to Know More About Weight Loss ? see- HFCS Makes You Fat

1 comment:

Jim Purdy said...

You said:
"But most people don't even come close to the recommended intake of 20 grams to 35 grams of fiber a day."

How true. I know I don't average anywhere near the recommended levels of dietary fiber. However, I'm starting a new high-fiber diet, and I'm hoping it gives me a lot of health benefits.

Thanks for the information.