We all know how important fibers are in our diet to protect against diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes and even heart disease, but the right fibers help us stay fuller longer and ward us off of cravings. So what is fiber and what are the right fibers?
According to a publication in the Harvard Nutrition Science, "Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check."
The best sources of fiber are whole grain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts.
Some tips for increasing fiber intake:
The average American consumes 15 grams/day, compared to the recommended 25 or 38 grams/day for women and men, respectively.
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