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Why Fiber?

Fiber is a truly amazing nutrient.

Derived from fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains and other edible plants, fiber provides an abundance of benefits essential to maintaining optimum health.

There are two types of fiber, and both are a fundamental part of our everyday diet. Soluble fiber (found in fruit, beans, oats, legumes and nuts) dissolves in water and leaves the stomach slowly, soaking up toxins and other material like a sponge as it moves through the intestinal tract. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Instead, it passes through the digestive tract virtually intact, helping to “sweep” the colon free of debris by removing toxins from the intestinal wall.

Soluble and insoluble fiber work together to regulate blood sugar, manage hunger and increase satiety (feeling full), and each process is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight. Fiber also helps reduce cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, balance intestinal pH levels, feed the beneficial flora within our intestines and promote normal elimination.

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables also provide essential disease-fighting phytonutrients. These natural chemicals, which protect plants from harmful diseases, work similarly in the human body, where they fight the free radicals that can damage our cells.

Ideally, we should consume a ratio of about 65% insoluble fiber to 35% soluble fiber, as it reflects the natural balance found in whole foods.

Fiber will help curb your appetite.

Fiber stimulates cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that facilitates digestion in the small intestine and promotes a feeling of fullness. When you curb your appetite, you can reduce your caloric intake.

Fiber will actually eliminate calories from the food you eat
(the Fiber Flush Effect).

Research has shown that people who follow a high-fiber diet tend to excrete more calories in their stool. This is because fiber helps to block the absorption of calories consumed and lead calories out of the body.

Fiber foods are low energy-density foods.

Energy density refers to the number of calories in a particular volume or weight food. While foods with a high energy density pack a large number of calories per bite, foods rich in fiber typically have a very low energy density. As a result, you can eat a larger volume of food without consuming a high volume of calories.

Fiber slows down the rate at which your body converts carbohydrates into sugar.
High-fiber foods help normalize blood glucose levels by slowing down the time it takes food to leave the stomach and delaying the absorption of glucose (blood sugar) from a meal. Foods rich in fiber also increase insulin sensitivity, which refers to how well your cells respond to insulin (a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to escort glucose out of the bloodstream).
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