It’s widely understood that if you eat more fiber, you’ll be more regular. But fiber does a lot more for you than maintain regularity. Scientists and health researchers now tell us that a high-Fiber diet can increase our chances of preventing and treating chronic and acute health problems:
Other health benefits of fiber include:
- Fiber-rich foods can help with weight loss and obesity. Fiber fills you up without being fattening. Fiber is a key ingredient, along with protein, in staving off hunger and keeping you satisfied. It stays in your stomach longer, absorbing water and making you feel full. It also keeps insulin levels stable, which encourages the body to store less fat.
- Dietary Fiber can reduce the occurrence of digestive disorders and constipation and alleviate symptoms of disorders such as diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- A High-Fiber intake (25 grams or more) can significantly lower the risk of heart disease. Soluble Fiber as part of a low fat, low cholesterol diet can lower blood cholesterol between 0.5% and 2 % for every gram of soluble Fiber eaten per day.
- Studies have shown that diets high in whole grains and Fiber can help lower the incidence of stomach cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. The Institute for American Cancer Research presented research that showed whole grains contain antioxidants, Fiber and phytochemicals that fight disease.
- The American Diabetes Association recommends a high-fiber diet to lower the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. High-Fiber diets help slow glucose absorption and help regulate blood sugar levels.