Research suggests that the
general public is simply not getting the fiber needed
every day for optimal health.
A recent survey determined
that fewer than 10 percent are consuming the optimal
recommended daily amount of fiber and that the average
American consumes less than half the suggested amount
of fiber daily.
fiber helps regulate
the digestive system.
Dietary fibers can act
by changing the nature
of the contents of the
gastro intestinal track
and by changing how
other nutrients and
chemicals are absorbed.
Fibers also absorb water as they move through the
digestive system, easing elimination.
will lower cholesterol. Why? Soluble fiber will remove
extra cholesterol from the blood. It will bind
with the cholesterol and move it out of the
body. That is the natural way to remove any
cholesterol that the body doesn't need. (The body
needs cholesterol - every nerve is insulated by
cholesterol and the brain and hormones are made from
As an example, one form of fiber is beta glucans. As a soluble fiber, beta-glucan cannot be digested, however, it slows food transit in the intestines. As a result, carbohydrates are absorbed slower, resulting in more steady blood sugar. In addition, it moves slowly through the digestive tract, taking cholesterol with it.
Beta-glucan also strengthens the immune system and, in turn, fend off colds, flu, and even cancer. Additionally, beta-glucan is said to increase the body's defense against the harmful effects of stress
can happen when you take too much fiber?
Berg talks about The
Fiber Myth. It can be intestinal
bloating that is the problem?
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