What are the fibers?
Fibers are found in plants that can not be digested or absorbed by the human body. “Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate,” explains, Dr. Elaine Rancatore. However, fiber is unlike other carbohydrates – and it has very low calorie level!
“Although the fiber is not soluble, it’s good for the body in many ways,” says Wendy Wells, a naturopathic physician. “Eating fiber increases intestinal immunity, nourishes probiotic intestinal bacteria, preserves the health of the inner layers of the intestinal tract, absorbs and eliminates hormones, cholesterol, fats, and excess body toxins.”
The main function of fibers is to maintain the health of the digestive system. Fiber accelerates the elimination of waste and toxins from the body by not allowing them to stay in the small or large intestines for long, thus preventing accumulation and diseases.
– According to dietician Michelle Pfennighaus, fibers offers these health benefits:
- Slows absorption of blood sugar to maintain healthy glucose levels and help with Type 2 diabetes prevention.
- Lowers LDL cholesterol and supports cardiovascular and heart health.
- Fiber make you feel full and helps you check your weight.
- Fiber preserves the digestive system, helps with regular bowel movements and avoids constipation and diverticulitis.
Fiber reduces the risk of some types of cancer, including colon and breast cancer
Can I lose weight by consuming fiber?
Fibrous foods have low levels of fats, low caloric levels, and do not cause weight gain. Fiber also slows the digestion, providing the feeling of satiety for a longer time.
Foods and Supplements with a great amount of fiber are:
- Fruits: pears, apples, berries, oranges, mandarins
- Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, squash, potatoes
- Legumes: beans, lentils, peas
- Cereals: integral bread, brown rice, oats, etc
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, nuts, hazelnuts
- Walnut Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, etc.
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