Health Benefits of Fiber: Why It Matters and Where to Find It

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Dietary fiber is like the body’s cleaning lad; it not only helps rid the body  of toxins, but also works to reduce cholesterol, decrease risk of heart disease,  and so much more. The health benefits of fiber should not be overlooked.

Essentially, fiber is the part of food that isn’t broken down by the body.  Pretty vague, huh? Experts have had a difficult time defining fiber since its  discovery. Most recently, there has been a movement to make that definition more  specific by adding information about its benefits.

So, what are the benefits of fiber?

We all know dietary fiber to help make us ‘regular’, and prevent  constipation.  But there are a number of other benefits. As for insoluble  fiber (the kind that doesn’t dissolve in water and instead creates a kind of  gel), the benefits are that of a healthier digestive system. This is the fiber  that “cleans you out”, so to speak, and keeps you regular. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, is known to reduce blood cholesterol and normalize blood sugar.

Most plant sources of fiber contain both soluble and insoluble forms. Many  experts say these classifications don’t do the fiber definition justice  either—that they just don’t quite tell the whole story.

Regardless of how you define and classify fibers, the health benefits of  fiber are undeniable.

By reducing your blood cholesterol levels, fiber is able to prevent  heart disease. This is why you see many cereal brands, including  oatmeal companies, touting their heart-healthy benefits.

Fiber can also help regulate blood sugar levels and insulin response. In  general, diabetics who eat a high fiber diet need less insulin than those who  don’t. Further adding to the benefits, dietary fiber is also a beneficial tool  in weight control. Both because it encourages elimination and helps you feel  fuller longer, high fiber foods are useful in the battle of the bulge.

Finally, fiber can increase digestive health. There are indications that this  easier and more regular elimination can reduce the risks of colitis, colon  cancer, and hemorrhoids.

What are the best sources of fiber?

Ounce for ounce, beans and legumes are the best source of fiber. However,  vegetables like dark green leafy veggies and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli,  cabbage, etc.) are also excellent sources. Be wary of those cereal-grain foods  that promise “whole grains”—opting only for those with “100% whole grains” in  order to get the most bang for your buck and bite.

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Health Benefits of Fiber Overview:

  • Improves Bowel Health – Dietary fiber helps to increase the  weight of your stool while also softening it – ultimately paving way for an  easier bowel movement and reducing any chance of constipation. Fiber may also  help to solidify watery stools. And further adding to the health benefits of  fiber, a diet rich in fiber could lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and  diverticular disease.
  • Reduces Cholesterol, Blood Pressure – Soluble fiber found  in beans, flaxseed, and oats may help lower “bad,” cholesterol levels.  Studies have also found a connection between fiber and the reduction of blood  pressure and inflammation.
  • Promotes Weight Loss – Foods rich in fiber often require  more effort to eat, helping you to realize when you’re full so you don’t  over-indulge. Foods containing fiber also contain fewer calories than other  foods in the same volume, and make you feel fuller faster.
  • Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels – Fiber, especially  soluble fiber, can help improve blood sugar levels – helping to reduce the risk  of type 2 diabetes.

Additional Sources:

Medical News  Today

WH  Foods

 

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-fiber-amazing-sources/#ixzz2DaEQu43M

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