Almost All Americans fall short on fiber intake.
The average American consumes less than 1/3
the recommended dietary fiber intake. The American Dietetic Association and the
American Cancer Society recommends 25-35 grams of total dietary fiber per day,
which is more than double what the average American gets. Even for those
individuals with a healthy diet, there are some days when it might be difficult
to meet the recommended amount.
are so many solid studies that show the benefits of fiber and by in taking more
what it may do for your overall health. Here
are a few:
Health - Research shows that
those people eating a high-fiber diet have a 40% lower risk of heart disease.
- Researchers have found
that for every 7 grams more fiber you consume on a daily basis, your stroke
risk is decreased by 7%. I guess it is
Sugar Control: Soluble fiber has been shown to help slow
your body's breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, helping
with blood sugar control.
Hemorrhoids: A high-fiber diet has shown it may lower your
risk of hemorrhoids
loss and management: Fiber supplements
have been shown to enhance weight loss among obese people, likely because fiber
increases feelings of fullness.
bowel syndrome (IBS): Fiber has been shown
to have some positive effects and relief from IBS.
and Kidney Stones: A high-fiber diet has
been shown to help with and may reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney
stones, likely because of its ability to help regulate blood sugar.
Diverticulitis: Fiber, especially insoluble, can reduce your
risk of diverticulitis, by 40%.
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show that those with the highest intake of fiber have a significantly lower
risk of dying of any cause. A recently published study by the National Cancer
Institute that included almost 400,000 participants found that for every
10-gram increase in fiber intake, risk of death dropped 12% in men and 15% in
Fiber adds bulk to your diet without adding
calories and helps to reduce the calorie density of your diet, one of the most
important strategies for long-term weight loss. Soluble fiber can help lower
cholesterol and a high-fiber diet may help reduce blood pressure, inflammation
and reduce your risk of heart failure (especially fiber from whole grains).
Why is fiber so important to your health?
Fiber absorbs large amounts of water in the
bowels, and this makes stools softer and easier to pass. Anyone starting a
higher-fiber diet will notice the difference in stool bulk and in almost all
cases, increasing fiber in the diet will relieve constipation within hours or
days. Because stools are easier to pass, less straining is necessary, and this
can help relieve hemorrhoids. *
By improving the solidity and bulk of solid waste it also helps to keep those
who are aging more regular, less constipated. The result, supported by many
studies, is (among other benefits) a reduction in the odds of colon cancer.*
Insoluble fiber, is so-called because it doesn't dissolve
readily in water, can be found in nuts, wheat bran, whole grains, and many
vegetables. But there's another kind called, not surprisingly, soluble fiber.
As the name suggests it does dissolve readily in water. It, too, has benefits.
Soluble fiber is found in citrus
fruit like oranges and lemons, apples, beans, oats, and barley grain. Among its
other virtues, studies strongly suggest that some soluble fibers (beta-glucan)
can help reduce cholesterol.
Adequate fiber intake aids in weight loss!
Populations that eat greater amounts of fiber-rich foods are generally
healthier. While all of the reasons for this are not known, it may be because
the fiber-rich foods themselves are healthier. Perhaps fiber's greatest value,
however, is in helping to keep us slim. *
Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than
other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us
feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single serving of
whole-grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white bread. Fiber
also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is
absorbed. Fiber-rich foods also have a low glycemic index, which means they
deliver a slow and steady supply of sugar to your blood, which helps control
appetite, according to the Harvard School for Public Health.*
But, as with every other aspect of diet, it's best to have everything in the
proper proportion. What is that, in the case of fiber? The recommended
consumption for the average adult over 50 years of age is 21g for women and 30g
for men. For those under 50 the amounts are 25g for women, 38g for men. Of
course, that's only an average (for men about 170lbs, women around 120lbs).
You'll want to consult a physician to find out the needed amounts for your
weight. There are those rare individuals who are sensitive to certain foods and
they will need to seek out sources that suit their particular circumstances.*
High-fiber foods are good for your health. But
adding too much fiber too quickly can promote intestinal gas, abdominal
bloating and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a
few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust
to the change. Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs
water, making your stool soft and bulky.*Colors are derived from the fruit we use: No synthetic dyes!
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As shown by the Mayo Clinic:
By Mayo Clinic Staff
A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:
Normalizes bowel movements. Dietary
fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool
is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose,
watery stools, fiber may help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water
and adds bulk to stool.
Helps maintain bowel health. A
high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches
in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is fermented in the colon.
Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of
Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble
fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood
cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or "bad,"
cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that high-fiber foods may have
other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.
Helps control blood sugar levels. In
people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow the
absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that
includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2
Aids in achieving a healthy weight. High-fiber
foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, so you're likely to eat
less and stay satisfied longer. And high-fiber foods tend to take longer to eat
and to be less "energy-dense," which means they have fewer calories
for the same volume of food.
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