What was the old school, original, “we need more of it but don’t get it” nutritional food that was all over the media? Before it was any type of specific vitamin or anything found in wine, it was fiber. The you know the thing that not nutrition experts will tell you to get from fruits and veggies above any other form?
While it’s not a bad recommendation, I think if people knew more about fiber they’d be more inclined to digest it or throw it in their protein shakes.
It has been well established….
I’m not trying to break any ground here, I just want to lay out what almost everyone in the health and fitness community knows about fiber. Fiber doesn’t break down in your body like fats, carbs or protein, as a matter of fact, it mostly stays the same as it flows through your body.
Fiber isn’t just fiber though. It’s broken down between soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble is the one that people grab for digestion or, in other words, to force digestion.This is the fiber found in nuts and whole grains.
Soluble fiber is just as important for a whole host of reasons. You primarily get it from oatmeal, that is, it’s the dietary fiber that can lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels to help you lose fat . You can also find it in beans and psyllium husk powder and it’s the fiber supplement that prevents diabetes and heart disease.
Great but why do I care?
Dietary fiber lowers your risk of heart disease
Why does heart disease happen in the first place? Well for starters you’ve eaten too much cholesterol and your arteries are now hardened and all clogged up. Regular fiber intake acts to “flush” your arteries out.
Dietary fiber makes it almost impossible to get colon cancer
If you’ve ever had any type of colon cleanse procedure done that a hospital, they’ll ask you how many times a day you “go”. That’s a good question to ask because people that are “regular” drastically decrease their chances of having anything grow in their colon.
Dietary fiber lowers your blood sugar
By keeping insulin low you set up a favorable hormonal environment to lose bodyfat and add lean muscle. As a matter of fact, a recent Harvard study on more than 700,000 men and women found that individual who ate 2 servings of grains a day lower their risks of type 2 diabetes by 21%.
Listen, I love my oatmeal but if it’s not for you then start your day out with some fruits and supplement your diet with veggies throughout the day.
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