Fiber 101

June 10, 2015

Why Eating Fiber and Water is Better than a Juice Cleanse

Here's someone you probably know: a friend, or a friend of a friend, who has gone on some kind of "detox" plan – maybe a 3-day juice cleanse or a 7-day restricted diet, or even a 1-day detox.

Here's something you definitely know: You should drink water. And eat fiber.

Here's something it might be good to know: While the evidence behind the effectiveness of detox diets is spotty or non-existent, the benefits of good hydration, coupled with a high-fiber diet, are well-established.

While many juice cleanses or “detox” plans preach the value of juicing as a way of cleansing the body, those plans most often miss out on including two of the most important natural cleaners your body can get: water and fiber.


May 14, 2015

What is cereal fiber?
New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health shows that, in a number of studies conducted throughout the years, people who ate higher amounts of cereal fiber had a lower risk of premature death from all causes. This includes a 34% lower rate of death from diabetes, and a 15% lower rate of death from cancer!

But living longer is not as easy as switching from eggs to cereal in the morning. When used in science, the word "cereal" is not synonymous with the stuff you pour into a bowl with milk. In this case, "cereal" actually means "grain." The Harvard report states:


March 18, 2015
Find out how to meet your daily fiber intake with different foods

According to Dietary Guidelines issued by the USDA, adults should aim to for a daily fiber intake of at least 14 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed, setting a base Daily Value at 25 grams of fiber. (The Institute of Medicine recommends eating even more fiber for maximum health benefits. Think 21-25 grams for women and 30-38 grams for men.) You already know that each Fiber d'Lish bar has 12 grams of fiber, but what does 25 grams of fiber look like in other foods?

Medium apple: 5 grams fiber. Help reach your daily fiber intake with apples.

How much fiber is in an apple? Each large apple contains about 5 grams of fiber. Make sure to eat the skin!


November 5, 2014

Learn about fiber and diabetes

Learn how dietary fiber helps to reduce risk of developing diabetes, and serves as a filling nutrient that helps to keep blood sugar levels in check for people who already have diabetes.


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