Getting enough high fiber foods is fundamental for a healthy life. Fiber is the edible but indigestible portions of plant foods. Fiber is not found in meat, fish or dairy foods. High fiber is necessary (no pun intended) for the elimination of constipation and to promote regularity.
Fiber helps get rid of unwanted toxins, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and helps protect against the risk of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer. Since fiber is filling, getting enough is also a key to successful weight loss and weight maintenance.
Which high fiber foods contain the most fiber? All plant foods are fiber foods. This means that most whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and fruits and vegetables Ė are high in fiber.
So how much fiber is enough? According to health experts, women should be getting at least 24 grams of fiber a day from quality high fiber foods. Men should be getting 38 grams or more. But less than five percent of Americans get the fiber they need in their daily diet.
Since most people in the U.S. eat a diet high in fatty meats and dairy foods and highly processed white bread, white pasta, white rice and highly processed cereals and snacks, thereís a national deficiency of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber content in the American diet.
Thatís one reason why billions of dollars are spent every year on over the counter laxatives and digestive aids because of constipation and digestive disorders. It's also a major reason why hundreds of thousands of people die every year from heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.
Of the two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, both are good for your health. But they're healthy for different reasons. The difference between them is the ability to dissolve in water.
Soluble fiber does dissolve when mixed with water, forming a gel-like substance that promotes good elimination by helping to produce softer stools. Another major benefit of soluble fiber is its ability to help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Soluble fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, reducing your diabetes risk.
Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Itís found in the husks of grains and seeds and passes through the digestive system pretty much intact, increasing your stool bulk.
The best thing to do is to check out this complete chart of healthy soluble and insoluble fiber foods and use my great list of healthy foods high in fiber to start adding more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nut, seeds and beans to your daily healthy high fiber foods diet.
But here are a couple of warnings:
- Go slowly! Too much fiber too soon may cause you some stomach discomfort. Give your body time to adjust.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water! Itís absolutely essential for healthy bowel elimination. Eight glasses a day should be enough.
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