Eat your fiber 🍓🥦🥑Daily dietary fiber consumption is important because it helps promote regular bowel movements, helps control blood sugar, aids in satiation, optimizes gut + immune health (did you know they are connected 😉), and reduces risk for cardiovascular related complications.
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Great post/info by Tyler @functional.foods
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Fiber is found exclusively in the plant kingdom & is made up of two types:
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1️⃣ Soluble fiber- dissolves in water & becomes gel-like.
2️⃣ Insoluble- non-digestible & moves through your colon intact.
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Both soluble and insoluble fiber are important for digestion!
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Soluble fiber helps you feel full for longer by slowing digestion – slows the rate at which nutrients are broken down & absorbed, including carbs, so that they don’t drastically raise your blood sugar & spike insulin.
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Soluble fiber also lowers ones risks of developing heart disease & hypertension.
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Insoluble fiber on the other hand (found highest in vegetables, legumes, beans & some grains) helps bind water, causing an increase in fecal volume (bulk) & faster transit time = more frequent stools.
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In addition, insoluble fiber is fermented by the bacteria in our gut into short chain fatty acids, promoting the growth of good bacteria. This in turn makes energy for human colon cells, enhance immune function in the GI tract, increase sodium and water reabsorption, and acidify the pH of the colon which inhibits growth of pathogenic bacteria.
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When increasing fiber, make sure to do it gradually and with lots of water.
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