You may know about the health benefits of fiber, but are you getting enough of this important nutrient on your plate each day? Many experts recommend 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day for good digestion and overall health. Here are 3 good reasons to load up on high-fiber foods:
- Your Heart. Studies have shown that dietary fiber promotes healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, both of which support overall heart health. In addition, fiber supports healthy blood pressure by slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates during the digestive process to ensure insulin levels rise gradually and blood pressure stays within the normal range.
- Your Tummy. Studies show that a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber in the diet supports healthy digestive function and elimination. Together, they help to capture toxins and waste in the intestines and “sweep” them from body via healthy bowel movements.
- Your Waistline. Did you know fiber plays a role in helping you maintain a healthy body weight? Fiber-rich foods promote healthy blood sugar and help you feel full longer after eating, plus fiber stimulates a powerful anti-hunger hormone in the body called cholecystokinin, or CCK.
Consuming a daily fiber supplement, along with more fruit, non-starchy veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds is a good way to increase your daily fiber intake.