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Fiber: Its Importance In Your Diet

Fiber: Its Importance In Your Diet - Putting It All Together

Last updated on:
22/03/2012

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to Fiber: Its Importance In Your Diet.

  • Fiber is a special type of carbohydrate that passes through the human digestive system virtually unchanged, without being broken down into nutrients.
  • Fiber has a positive influence on the digestion process from start to finish.
  • Fiber is found only in food that come from plants, including all-natural cereals, whole-grain breads, beans, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
  • A good diet should contain approximately 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day, but the average American eats less than half of that.
  • When incorporating more fiber in your diet, it's best to start slowly and to eat a wide variety of fiber-rich foods, since different types of fiber do different jobs in the body.
  • Fiber helps relieve constipation and hemorrhoids, can help keep weight under control, and can help prevent certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, diverticular disease, gallstones, and kidney stones.
 
 

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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.