Studies have conclusively shown that an optimal dietary intake of fiber has a profound impact on health.
Benefits of fiber include:
- Weight loss and appetite suppression
- LDL cholesterol and triglyceride reduction
- Blood sugar balance, reduces post-meal insulin and glucose levels
- Colon cancer risk reduction
- Reduction of constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis
Fiber is best thought of as “nature’s broom”, the indigestible material remaining in the large intestine after food is digested.
There are two types of fiber:
1. Soluble fiber dissolves in liquid and includes gums, pectins and mucilages.
2. Insoluble fiber, or roughage, does not dissolve in liquid and includes cellulose, hemicellulose and lignans.
Most Americans average a mere 5-14 grams of fiber per day. That is less than half the recommended daily requirement of 35 grams per day!
When you think of foods high in fiber, do not think of multi-grain breads and cold cereals which have minimal fiber, rather indulge in high fiber foods like berries, vegetables, beans, or oatmeal.
Dr. Sharon Price recommends Designs For Health brand PaleoFiber as an added fiber supplement that contains 12 different kinds of non-grain fibers. I believe it is the best fiber available!
It does not contain potential allergenic food extracts such as wheat and oat bran or pea, bean or soy fibers commonly found in other fiber products on the market.
This article was written by Dr. Sharon Price, Phd – refer to references section for more information.
In Good Health,