Most Americans do not consume an adequate amount of fiber in their diet. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the human body cannot digest. “Women need 25 grams per day and men should get 38 grams per day, according to an Institute of Medicine formula based on getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories.” Fiber is found on the outer layer of plants and when consumed it will pass through the digestive system almost completely unchanged and unbroken down. Fiber has many benefits and influences the process of digestion.
Fiber helps achieve a feeling of fullness or satisfaction and can help prevent overeating. Fiber adds bulk to the contents in your digestive system and may increase the transit time as it passed through. This slows the absorption of glucose into your blood and will keep your blood sugar more stable. Fiber is broken down in the colon (majority of large intestine), and the organic acids produced through fermentation, will nourish and improve the health of the lining of the colon. This aids in the prevention of colon cancer.
It is surprisingly easy to eat more fiber in your diet and with the popular trend of healthy eating it is becoming more prevalent than ever. Some high fiber foods include: natural cereals, whole grain breads, beans, vegetables, fruits with skins, and nuts. It is rare that anyone would consume too much fiber, but it is possible to cause gastrointestinal distress if you are not used to consuming a high fiber diet. Fiber is a part of a healthy diet and you should be eating it.