Dietary Fiber: Why Fiber is good for your health
Eat more fiber.! You've probably heard this many times? But do you know what fiber is and why it is good for your health?
Dietary fiber is a complex carbohydrate found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. It is probably known for its ability to prevent constipation, but high fibre foods can provide other health benefits as well!
So, what are these benefits of eating more fiber?
- Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering "bad" cholesterol levels.
- Helps control blood sugar levels. Soluble fibre has the ability to slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. It can also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Helps in achieving healthy weight. High-fiber foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. And high-fiber foods tend to take longer to eat and to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
- Helps you live longer. Studies have shown that increasing your fiber intake is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and all cancers.