Dietary Fiber Health Benefits


Fiber is for more than just weight loss.

Dietary fiber is an essential part of an optimal diet. While there are many lifestyle factors that can influence the risk factors for chronic diseases, consuming the daily-recommended amount of dietary fiber (20-35 g/ day) can help prevent chronic disease by supporting proper digestion, healthy cholesterol levels, skin health, and normal blood glucose levels.

Fiber Benefits Digestion and Weight Loss

Dietary fiber supports weight loss by its ability to promote feelings of fullness and ensure regular bowel movements. While weight management and proper digestion are incredible benefits of dietary fiber, these are just two of the benefits that fiber has in promoting optimal health.

Fiber Can Improve Cholesterol

Dietary fiber can help prevent or manage chronic diseases such as dyslipidemia and heart disease by helping to manage blood cholesterol levels. We have two types of cholesterol in our bodies, LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol”) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol”). LDL cholesterol is “bad” because it contributes to plaque buildup in our arteries. However, foods that contain soluble fiber, such as oats, beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables, can help to lower LDL levels, preventing the onset of dyslipidemia or plaque buildup, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Help Manage Diabetes with Dietary Fiber

Soluble fiber helps to slow the absorption of sugar, important for people managing diabetes or need to regulate blood sugar to prevent the onset of diabetes. Managing blood glucose levels can also reduce spikes of insulin release, which can lead to the formation of gallstones and kidney stones.

Detoxing with High-fiber Foods

Furthermore, dietary fiber can also aid in the proper elimination of toxins through the colon, rather than through the skin, which can cause breakouts and rashes. Without proper fiber, these toxins can be reabsorbed through the liver and create various skin irritations.

Dietary Fiber Promotes Regularity

Insoluble fiber helps to promote good gut bacteria and stays intake as it moves through your system.  This type of fiber add bulk to your stools and makes bowel movements more consistent and easier to pass.

Together both soluble and insoluble fiber help to keep your system healthy and feeling fuller longer.  One all-natural NuGo Fiber d’Lish bar contains 12 g of dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble fiber) which is almost half of your recommended daily intake and has a scrumptious soft baked cookie consistency and taste! Consider incorporating one of these high-fiber bars into your day to meet your recommended fiber needs!

 

References:

Good vs. Bad Cholesterol. The American Heart Associate Website. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/Good-vs-Bad-Cholesterol_UCM_305561_Article.jsp#. Last updated April 21, 2014.

Ten Health Benefits of Fiber. Forbes website. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fgmi45glhl/ten-health-benefits-of-a-high-fiber-diet/.

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