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High Fiber Diet Benefits

  • Published: 2011-01-31 (Revised/Updated 2011-05-29) : Chung Leong Yu.
  • Synopsis: A high fiber diet is a popular choice amongst health conscious because of the possible benefits and advantages that it can give you.

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A high fiber diet is a popular choice amongst health conscious individuals these days because of the possible benefits and advantages that it can give you.

A high fiber diet usually contains food with high fiber. Fibers are undigested carbohydrates. Our enzymes are unable to break them down and therefore fibers are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead of being used for energy, fiber is excreted from our bodies. A good percentage of people still does not consume enough and are putting them in danger. In this topic let's see the "Benefits of High Fiber Diet" and involvement of high fiber in your daily routine to fight against many diseases.

Fiber falls into two general categories:

1. Water-soluble : Found mostly in oats, fruits and legumes.

2. Water insoluble : Found mostly in grains and vegetables.

As each type of fiber has different benefits, most people on high fiber diets are advised to increase their intake of foods that features both soluble and insoluble fiber.

BENEFITS:

According to recent research a high fiber diet benefits the heart. Grains like oatmeal, barley and brown rise help to lower the risk of blocked arteries, heart attacks and strokes. Fiber and other nutrients in whole grains help to lower cholesterol, blood sugar and insulin levels. They also improve blood vessel function and reduce circulatory system inflammation.

Recent findings also show that high fiber diets are also beneficial for certain gastrointestinal conditions. Fiber slows the movement of food and acidic fluid from the stomach to the intestines. This helps people with duodenal ulcers by reducing the exposure of stomach acids to small intestine.

A high fiber diet helps waste material to pass through your system. A huge concern for most individuals today is body wastes are not fully cleared. If this condition arises then chances of cancer cells to take hold and multiply increase. Shortly we can say high fiber diet benefits in the fight against colon cancer.

In addition to reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases high fiber diets have other benefits too. Fiber fills the stomach and there by reduces the appetite. Thus high fiber diets protect against obesity. So include more fiber in your diet to reduce the risk of obesity related diseases.

Whole wheat breads, wheat bran, rye, whole grains, cabbage, beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower and apple skin are fully loaded with fiber. By including these fiber foods you can prevent constipation. As fiber passes through the body largely intact, soaking up water like a sponge and adds bulk and softness to the stool. This not only prevents constipation but also speeds the rate at which the food goes through your system.

Oats, oat bran, beans, peas, rice bran, citrus fruits, strawberries and apple pulp are full of soluble fiber. As soluble fiber passes through the digestive system it binds to dietary cholesterol and helps the body to eliminate it.

Fiber diet benefits type 2 diabetes patients too. Vascular inflammation is common in type 2 diabetes. Hence these patients should eat more whole grain products and cereal fiber to reduce the risk of inflammation.

CONCLUSION:

Did you ever imagine the "Benefits of High Fiber Diet" can create wonders in your life? So if possible eat fiber filled whole fruits instead of drinking fiber less fruit juices. Eat more fiber; you have come to know why fiber diet is so good for your health? To receive the greatest health benefit, eat a wide variety of high fiber foods.

Leong is a professional personal trainer. He is certified by the American Council on Exercise and has helped many people achieve their fitness goals safely, quickly and effectively.

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