High fiber foods, learn the facts and advantages first hand
I’m sure that each and every one of you will be able to guess my feelings on high fiber foods simply from the title of this article! I have to admit it, I groan inwardly when I think of fiber rich foods. I know it’s healthy, but it’s not exactly glamorous! I mean the vast majority of us have probably come across the concept of foods high in fiber when we have been having suffering from constipation or other bowel problems.
The Remarkable Benefits of Foods Rich in Fiber
Glamorous or not, fiber rich foods is extremely important in all our diets. The benefits of consuming foods rich in fiber are for all intent purposes quite remarkable, and can be listed as follows:
- It reduces the risk of certain cancers;
- It helps the heart and circulation;
- It reduces high blood pressure;
- It strengthens the immune system;
- It helps fight diabetes.
- It protects against colon cancer
I really do find the benefits of eating foods rich in fiber to be exceptional. In addition, you will be delighted to note that eating high fiber food assists in any weight loss campaign on the following basis:
- It makes you feel fuller for longer, so you are unlikely to consume additional calories throughout the course of a normal day;
- It requires a lot of chewing. As a result you eat more slowly, thereby allowing the body sufficient time to register that it is full. We are all guilty of simply guzzling what food is on our plates in front of us. I know I certainly am! This simply does not happen with fiber rich foods as it requires a lot more eating so to speak;
- You would think that in feeling fuller quicker you would experience weight gain. This is however not the case as fiber is not that easily digested by the human body. The vast majority of the fiber which is consumed is actually excreted;
- High fiber foods is not only low in calories, but high in nutrients. As such it is therefore healthier than other food in general. High fiber food includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils and other pulses.
Introducing Fiber Rich Foods into Your Daily Diet
If you have already been converted by my easy way of incorporating 5 a day into your daily diet you should already have done some of the hard work with regards to increasing your fiber intake. Vegetables are, as a general rule, high in fiber. In addition, many fruits are too, including apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, citrus fruits and prunes.
Other easy modifications you can make to your daily diet is to eat wholegrain or wholewheat breads as opposed to white breads, wholewheat pasta as opposed to regular pasta, and brown rice as opposed to white rice. It is also relatively easy to consume high fiber cereals at breakfast time.
Vegetarians should have a head start with regards to fiber rich foods as a result of already having a significant amount of beans, lentils and other pulses in their diets.
You should introduce high fiber food into your daily diet slowly, especially if you body is not used to consuming fiber. Amongst other things, fiber is associated with much gas, which can be uncomfortable for any individual. It is quite frightening to note that, although the recommended amount of fiber intake is some 21 to 38 grams per day, the average American is only consuming 12 to 15 grams per day!
No Longer Three Dreaded Words
I know I initially moaned about fiber rich foods, but for all intent purposes I do love it, especially red beans), all of the mexican foods and my ultimate personal favorite ( eggplant, red pepper and goats cheese sandwiches! Simply scrumptious!
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