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What is Dietary Fiber?

  • Fiber, also known as roughage, is the indigestible part of plant foods – think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.

  • It passes through your system relatively intact, playing a crucial role in health.

Two Types of Fiber: A Dynamic Duo

  1. Soluble Fiber: Dissolves in water, forming a gel-like substance in your gut. Think oats, beans, lentils, apples, and blueberries.

    Benefits: Lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, improves blood sugar control, and promotes fullness.

  2. Insoluble Fiber: Doesn’t dissolve in water, but adds bulk to your stool. Think whole wheat, brown rice, nuts, seeds, and vegetable skins.

    Benefits: Promotes regular bowel movements, prevents constipation, helps you feel full.

How Fiber Helps Your Heart

  • Cholesterol Control: Soluble fiber binds to cholesterol, helping remove it from the body.

  • Blood Sugar Balance: Soluble fiber slows down digestion, preventing blood sugar spikes.

  • Healthy Weight: Fiber-rich foods increase fullness, making it easier to manage weight.

  • Blood Pressure Boost: Studies suggest that a high-fiber diet might help lower blood pressure.

Get Your Fiber Fix

  • Aim High: The recommended intake for adults is 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Most of us fall short!

  • Gradual Increase: Add fiber slowly to avoid digestive discomfort.

  • Tasty Targets: Enjoy a variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds

Remember: A healthy heart is a happy heart! Make fiber your friend today and everyday!!