Fiber and Nutrition Blog
From Halloween through the New Year, kids are offered one tempting treat after another. They catch-on quickly, and before you know it, treats may become a daily habit. This habit is easy to form and challenging to break. Parents face a task of helping children maintain healthy habits with food during this often-indulgent time of year. It can be done. Kids can enjoy the season, and its holiday parties and celebrations, all while eating healthy and staying active (and maybe not even knowing it)! Here are a few ideas:
With wintertime and dropping temperatures, our eating of fiber-rich foods doesn’t need to fall along with the thermostat. The winter harvest is perfectly capable of meeting our fiber needs of 25 to 38 grams of fiber per day while offering flavor, variety, and balance to meals and snacks throughout the cold-weather months. Include these seasonal foods as part of your regular eating plan over the winter months.
- Put a spring in your step with citrus fruits this winter – grapefruit, oranges, clementines, tangerines and Mandarin oranges. These fruits are easy to transport, deliciously sweet, and jam-packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and more. Soaking in soluble fiber, citrus fruits are a daily no-brainer in the winter.
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.
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