I’ve heard a lot about fiber. Why’s it so important?

Fiber is found in plants, so foods such as fruit, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, cereals and whole
grains will contain it. We don’t digest it, yet it does a lot of good things for us. There are two
types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol and manage blood sugar.
Insoluble fiber can help our digestive system and keep us regular. There’s crossover between
the foods that contain these, so I tell people to enjoy a variety of higher fiber foods. Fiber also
fills, so if you’re trying to lose weight and reducing portion sizes leaves you hungry, including
higher fiber foods in your diet will help. The average person in the United States gets about 14
grams of fiber. That’s not enough. The National Institutes of Health recommends that adults get
between 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day. If you’re not eating a lot of fiber now, don’t double
your intake overnight. You’ll be unhappily bloated and more! Add fiber slowly into the diet and
drink adequate amounts of water.

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