Blog: Dietary Fiber

Blog: Dietary Fiber.

Fiber, what is it? Fiber is a substance that is found in plants. Dietary fibre is the type you can eat but that your body Broccolidoesn’t digest. Found in fruits, vegetables and grains, nuts & seeds and legumes. There are two types of dietary fibre, soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble (doesn’t dissolve in water.)

Soluble Fiber: Food rich in this type of fiber include, fruits, vegetables, whole grains such as oats and beans. There are a number of benefits to consuming a diet high in soluble fiber including better control over your blood sugar levels. This is because the soluble fiber helps to slow down the absorption of sugars from your food.

Insoluble Fiber: Foods rich in this type of fiber include nuts & seeds, green sprouts, raw fruits and vegetables (especially the peel of fruits such as apples, blueberries and grapes.) Consuming a diet high in insoluble fiber will help your body with regulate regular bowl movement and also prevent constipation. Insoluble fiber absorbs water creating bulkier stool (poo.) This type of fiber is helpful to those who suffer from constipation or irregular bowl movements.

Other benefits of fiber include……

Fat Loss: Fiber rich foods take a longer period of time to chew, therefore giving your body more time to register that you are full. This can help prevent overeating and keep you feeling full for longer, so you tend not to snack too much between meals. Almonds

How much fiber do I need to eat a day? Research has shown that per day, men should be consuming 38 grams of dietary fiber while females should be aiming for 28 grams.

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