The Facts: Importance of Fiber

One of the most common deficiencies in the American diet is fiber. Whether it’s because of poor nutrition, eating white breads, or simply just not knowing about it, fiber is neglected across the country and that can have some pretty negative effects on our body.

So what’s fiber all about? There are two types, insoluble and soluble. Soluble fiber acts as a way for our stomach to slow digestion. Now, hold on, I know what you’re thinking, “slow digestion? But won’t that make me fat or gain weight?” Actually, this is a good thing. When digestion is slowed, it can lower our cholesterol as well as blood glucose levels. Insoluble fiber on the other never actually digests, it stays the exact same making our **cough** stool heavier and softer, which aids in the transition from stomach to… well out of us.

Now, you don’t have to go fiber crazy but getting in a solid amount is great for your digestion and internal make up. Doctor’s recommend about 25g of fiber prepay for women and 38g for men.

Now, here are some of the healthiest ways to get in your fiber… and I’ll bet they come from places you wouldn’t think.

  1. Split Peas
  2. Lentils
  3. Black Beans
  4. Lima Beans
  5. Artichokes
  6. Peas
  7. Broccoli
  8. Brussels Sprouts
  9. Rasberries
  10. Blackberries
  11. Avocado
  12. Pears
  13. Bran Flakes
  14. Whole Wheat Pasta
  15. Pearled Barley
  16. Oatmeal