High Fiber Diet: Why it’s important and what you should eat
Why its important to have a high fiber diet?
Recent data has shown that having a high fiber diet can support us in many ways but sadly many fall far short of the recommended daily amount. There are many benefits to eating a high fiber diet:
- Supports weight loss
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases (stroke and heart disease)
- Prevents constipation
How much fiber should I be eating?
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has stated that:
- Women should aim for 25 grams of fiber per day
- Men should target 38 grams
What should I eat to increase my fiber intake?
A great way to naturally consume more high fiber food is by adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Below we share a few examples of high fiber foods:
Sources of fiber
There are two types of fiber that are most common. To read more on them check out our last blog post (Link goes here). Here is a quick breakdown:
Soluble Fiber: dissolves in water and helps lower cholesterol
Insoluble Fiber: doesn’t dissolve in water but adds density to stool. Helps prevent constipation.
Other sources of fiber
There are many alternatives to fiber, such as sprinkling chia seeds on your oatmeal. But the easiest and most effective is finding a high fiber supplement that is both Soluble and Insoluble. It is important to do some research when looking for a fiber supplement to make sure they are using high-quality psyllium powder as a source of fiber.
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