Let’s talk fiber! I’m sure you have heard about it in the media and how it is important in lowering your cholesterol. But do you know which foods are rich in fiber or how much you need to consume each day? Your body like other nutrients does not digest fiber. It passes through your entire GI tract practically all intact. The two types of fiber are soluble meaning it dissolves in water and insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve in water. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels, while insoluble helps to move things along your GI tract and help with regularity in bowel movements. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, carrots and barley. Insoluble fiber is found in whole-wheat fiber, nuts, beans, vegetables like potatoes and cauliflower. It is best to eat a variety of foods to ensure that you are getting both types of fiber. Most adults need between 25-35 grams and children need their age plus 5. Increasing fiber is also a great way to make you feel fuller longer, thereby; helping in weight loss if that’s a healthy goal for you. There are so many great reasons to eat fiber so start your fiber-rich meal plan today!
Check out this fiber full recipe: Fiber Lovin’ Oatmeal