The average adult does not get enough fiber in their diet. But what does fiber do anyway, and why do you need to get more fiber into your diet? Lets take a look.
Where Does Fiber Come From?
Fiber is found in plants. It is not found in meat or fish. Rich sources of fiber include things like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts. While these are some of the best sources of fiber, almost all plant sources have at least some fiber.
How Much Do I Need?
The average adult should get 25-30 grams of fiber in his diet every day. Unfortunately, that same average adult is only getting 10-15 grams of fiber in his diet today. That means a typical person should be nearly doubling their fiber intake each day to reach the recommended daily amount.
What Does Fiber Do For My Body?
Fiber is an important ingredient for your body. For one thing, it aids in digestion, keeping you regular and it keeps things moving through your system. Fiber can actually help your body absorb minerals but it wont attach itself to vitamins and minerals so they will be free to be used by your body. Eating a diet high in fiber will also make you feel full longer which will help you to eat less and maintain a healthy weight.
What Else is Good About Fiber?
Fiber can help you control blood sugar levels and it slows the absorption of glucose into your system. It has also been shown to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart disease. Because it is good for your digestive tract it may help to prevent colon cancers as well.
How Can I Get More Fiber?
To get more fiber in your diet, start your day with a whole grain option like oatmeal or whole wheat toast. Include fruit in your meals and snacks. Make sure you are getting plenty of vegetables every day. Snack on a handful of nuts or seeds in the afternoon. Mix beans into your favorite dishes. If that is still not enough, many fiber supplements are all natural and can make up the difference.
Stay healthy. Make sure you get the 25-30 grams of fiber your body needs to function at its best!