High Fiber Diet

What is fiber?

Fiber, in soluble and insoluble form, is the part of vegetables, fruits and whole grains that the body can not digest. Fiber both soluble and insoluble form promotes good health. Some fiber adds bulk to your stool and helps the colon (large intestine) function normally.

Importance of fiber

Fiber can promote good health. Fiber can add bulk to your stool and helps stool pass more easily through your colon. Fiber absorbs water as it passes through the colon, resulting in softer, bulkier stools to help prevent constipation and straining. When food passes through the colon too quickly, the intestine cannot absorb enough water causing diarrhea. More bulk means less pressure in the colon which prevents many digestive symptoms. Soluble fiber also helps lower blood cholesterol by binding with the cholesterol in the intestine and carrying it away in the stool.

Tips for increasing fiber in your diet

The average American does not eat enough of the recommended 20 to 35 grams a day of fiber. High fiber foods can be found in the food groups you eat everyday. Eating a well-balanced meal with a variety of foods high in fiber every day helps with digestion.

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