There are several reasons why we should eat fiber. Not only is it essential for gut health, but it boosts your metabolism, gives you energy, keeps you fuller longer, aids in digestion, stabilizes blood sugar levels, the list goes on and on. Not to mention, fiber keeps things flowing (if you know what I mean) so it helps with constipation, bloating, gas, and a slew of other digestive problems. I’ve certainly had my fair share of gut health issues which is why fiber has quickly become my favorite f-word. Most of us don’t get nearly enough fiber, so here’s why this miracle carb should become you new bff.
What exactly is fiber?
Fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can’t break down. Most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, and since fiber can’t be digested, it helps to regulate the body’s use of sugar keeping hunger and blood sugar levels in check. There are two types of fibers: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in fiber and can help lower glucose and blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water so it helps food move through the digestive system which keeps things regular and prevents constipation.
What foods are high in fiber?
Fiber is a substance found in plats. Foods with soluble fiber include oatmeal, chia seeds, apples, blueberries, beans and lentils. Foods that have insoluble fiber include whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, leafy green vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, nuts and seeds.
How can I get more fiber into my diet?
Both types of fiber offer some level of healthy benefit, so eating a variety of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds with help ensure you’re getting enough fiber. The skin on fruits contain fiber, so make sure you’re eating whole fruits instead of drinking juice. You could also replace white rice or pasta with brown rice, whole wheat or lentil pasta. Another tip is to top your smoothie or oatmeal with almonds, chia seeds or other fiber rich foods.