Fiber is an important part of our diet and an invaluable tool in our overall health.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate, but unlike other carbohydrates fiber can't be digested! Carbs typically break down in our bodies into sugar molecules at various stages of digestion. This is not bad! It is an important part of how our bodies work and an important source of energy. Carbs have been given a bad reputation. Yes, we can consume too much sugar, no carbohydrates are not bad for us. The best opton is to choose nutrient dense carbs and a bonus is that they contain fiber!
Types of Fiber:
Fiber is found in the flesh of fresh, whole, natural foods and plays an important role in the overall health of your body. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble:
Insoluble fiber helps move waste through the intestines so it can be easily eliminated from the body. This type of fiber is found in vegetables, nuts and bran.
Soluble fiber dissolves in water, turning the food in the intestines into a gel form. This helps nutrients absorb at a slow, steady rate and also makes you feel full. This type of fiber is found in dried beans and peas, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley.
Benefits of Fiber
Improved bowel movements
May improve cholesterol
May improve and protect agains heart disease
Helps steady blood sugar
May help with diabetes
May help with certain types of cancer
Can help with weight control
As you are developing healthy lifestyle skills remember to use moderation and balance. Don't vilify your food and keep in mind that each type of food has a different job. They work well together! Nutritional Teamwork!!!
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