FOUR REASONS WHY WE LOVE FIBER!
Fiber: a carbohydrate that cannot be digested, this powerhouse is a key nutrient that most Americans are lacking. Fiber is found in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. It is recommended that people consume 25 grams of fiber each day for a 2,000 calorie diet to receive its health benefits. It’s not just us, dietitians everywhere love fiber for its role in weight loss and optimal body function.
1. Keeps You Full: Fiber constitutes the products of the plant that your body cannot digest. There are two types, soluble and insoluble, both are important for a healthy body. Soluble fiber retains water, making you feel fuller, longer. It also helps to reduce your bad LDL cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels. This type is found in fruits and legumes, but predominately in oats, which happens to be the main ingredient in all our granola.
2. Aids Digestion: Unlike soluble fiber, insoluble does not retain water, making it easier to move quickly through your digestive system. A diet rich in whole wheat, whole grains, vegetables, and water will help you reduce bloat.
3. Fights Disease: Studies have shown that a high intake of fiber is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease due to good blood pressure and cholesterol. It has also been shown that fiber has been linked to a reduced risk for certain cancers like breast and colon.
4. Regulates Blood Sugar: According the Nutrition Source by Harvard School of Public Health , a low fiber diet has been seen to cause spikes in blood sugar, which can significantly increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For those who already have type 2 diabetes, foods that are high in fiber have a lower glycemic index, meaning a more stable blood sugar level.