Fiber: Its Importance In Your Diet - Putting It All Together
22/03/2012 - 14:42
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.