Fiber and Nutrition Blog
Many people are advised that dietary fiber is good for them, but not many know what it is, or how much fiber they should be consuming for optimal health. As a result, most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Fiber intake is essential for healthy bowel function and studies have found that getting your recommended daily allowance reduces the risks of health issues such as cancers, coronary heart disease, diverticulitis, and obesity.
The first researcher to connect a high fiber diet with better health was Dr. Denis Burkitt. While studying rural populations of people in Africa, he noticed that those eating the local produce associated with a regular diet in the region resulted in extremely low incidences of diabetes, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other chronic diseases in comparison to western populations. His research concluded that the high amount of fiber being consumed as a regular part of the rural African diet was one of the contributing factors necessary for maintaining good health. The average American only consumes about 14 grams of fiber per day, far less than they should be consuming as part of their regular diet.
Even though we know that fiber is an incredibly important part of maintaining a healthy life and avoiding disease, it is still a nutrient that many of us don’t recognize as important. If you’re looking for a great way to improve your health, are suffering from a Gastrointestinal disease, or are simply interested in learning more about dietary fiber — I’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dietary fiber below.
It’s true – summertime offers ample opportunity for fresh produce that easily meets our fiber needs for at least 25, and up to 38 grams of fiber per day. The autumn harvest is no slouch, however. Fall fruits and vegetables offer big flavor, high concentrations of nutrition, and plenty of fiber.
Add these items to your shopping and meal planning lists this fall, and you just might forget what you miss about summer’s bounty.
This quick recipe is perfect for fall! Your taste buds and your body will thank you with this vegan tasty dessert!
Yield 1 9x13-inch pan
10 mins prep time
Total time 40 mins
- 5 apples
- 1tbsp sugar
- ½ cup melted butter alternative
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup brown sugar or sugar in the raw
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Peel and slice 5 apples.
- Place the apples in a bowl with the sugar and add enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl.
- Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften.
- Drain water and place in 9 x 13 pan.
- Mix the melted butter, cinnamon, salt, oats, almond flour, and brown sugar in a bowl.
- Spread the mixture on top of the apples.
- Bake uncovered at 350 for about 30 minutes.
If you like apple as much as we do this season, try our NuGo Fiber d'Lish Apple Cobbler Bar! Happy Fall!
It’s hard to believe that the sun-soaked days of summer are soon to be followed by school days and full schedules. Where does the time go?
If packing school lunch becomes part of your daily routine once the school year rolls around, you might already be thinking about ways to make good nutrition part of your child’s daily package. This blog post offers a few suggestions to make packing lunch simple, nutritious, and full of fiber.
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