Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Foods naturally high in fiber are also high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients (found in plant based foods). Due to the chemical makeup of fiber, it cannot be broken down and absorbed by the body. But don’t worry. We do not have to absorb everything to reap its benefits!
First, there are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel like substance that grabs food, sugar, and fat and carries them through the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, so this type of fiber increases stool bulk and the movement of material through the digestive tract.
We dispense the appetite suppressant Phentermine to most of our patients at Olivera Weight Loss. It is very important to get enough fiber while taking Phentermine to reduce the incidence of constipation. But preventing constipation is only one of the many benefits of dietary fiber. Here are just a few more reasons to increase your intake of beans and broccoli!
- Help Maintain a Healthy Weight: Foods high in fiber fill you up faster. Therefore you need to eat less to feel satisfied. Additionally, many foods high in fiber are low in calories, fat, sodium and refined sugar. Fibrous foods often require more chewing time, allowing your body time to register a feeling of fullness. This helps reduce the chance of overeating.
- Regulates Bowel Movements: Dietary fiber can increase the weight and size of your stool, and that prevents constipation by making stool easier to pass. On the other hand, if you have loose stools or diarrhea, fiber can also help because it absorbs water and adds bulk at the same time.
- Helps Control Blood Sugar: Soluble fiber slows the absorption of sugar and prevents a spike in blood glucose after a meal. This helps keep blood sugar, insulin and energy levels stable throughout your day.
- Lowers “Bad” Cholest