Wellness- Fiber for Weight Loss and Health
Information from Wellness Coaches USA
Fiber is a substance in plants and is commonly classified into two categories: those that do not dissolve in water (insoluble fiber) and those that do (soluble fiber). Dietary fiber is found in fruits, vegetables and grains. It is the part of the plant your body cannot digest, but it is an important part of your diet, adding bulk and making you feel full faster.
Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barely and psyllium (fiber supplement).
Insoluble fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources to find insoluble fiber.
The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams of fiber a day for men under 50 and 25 grams per day for women under 50. A high fiber diet can help maintain bowel health, lower blood cholesterol levels and help control blood sugar levels.
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