Fiber…what is it? Not the most exciting word you’ve ever heard that's for sure, but its benefits will have your body celebrating from the inside out (literally). What’s so great about this little nutrient? Let's find out! All aboard the fiber train.
While cruising through your MyFitnessPal app, there’s a handy stat in there you may not be paying enough attention to: fiber intake.
Most of our fiber should come from a variety of grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. However, living in the age of processed foods and “functional dietary fiber” there are products like Splenda and Apple Jacks that claim to be fortified with fiber, making them “healthy”.
Dairy, oils, refined sugars, and alcohol make up 48% of the American diet and contain no fiber-yikes. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 19-38 grams a day, while most of us get under 20.
Being low on fiber can cause several health issues, but let’s talk about the benefits. Fiber helps bind and eliminate blood cholesterol/fat, keeps the GI tract clean, eases constipation, controls blood sugar, insulin, and body fat, and contributes to satiety (that damn I’m full feeling).
If we haven’t said it enough, eat more vegetables. Eat vegetables, fruits, grains. Eat a variety of them, eat them raw, eat them cooked, eat ones that leave little fibrous things in your teeth and the ones that don’t. Your gut will thank you!