Friday, September 2, 2011


With all the research, articles and information regarding the health benefits of dietary fiber, it surprises me when I come across someone who hasn’t taken advantage of this nutrient. It’s not very complicated to understand. So, let’s cut to the chase and review the facts. Shall we?

Fiber has two forms — soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber is absorbed in the large intestine where it slows the movement of food and delays the absorption of nutrients, thus avoiding drastic swings in blood sugar. Its primary sources are fruits, vegetables, legumes and oat bran.

Insoluble fiber absorbs water during digestion, thereby increasing fecal bulk and speeding its movement through the digestive tract. This helps prevent constipation and may prevent colon cancer.

Fiber promotes satiety or a feeling of fullness.

The average American eats less than 10 to 20 grams of fiber a day. Unfortunately, the recommended level is 25 to 35 grams a day. But take heed! If you’re on a mission to increase your intake of fiber, be sure to do it gradually to avoid intestinal discomfort.

Basically, a healthy intake of dietary fiber daily can not only improve your digestive and voiding processes, it can allow your digestive system to work at its optimum level. Thereby allowing your body to make the most out of all the healthy foods you put into it.

As always – Live Your Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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