Fiber may sound boring, but it’s actually really magical stuff. It makes up the cell walls of plants, and although it is considered to be a carbohydrate, it can’t be broken down into energy (or calories) by the human digestive system. When we eat high-fiber foods, the fiber takes up space in our stomach and helps us to feel full without adding to our overall caloric load. It also slows down digestion, leading to steadier energy and blood sugar levels, lowers “bad” cholesterol, and helps to promote regular and healthy elimination. And because fiber is found only in plant-foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains, high-fiber choices also tend to be packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Adding fiber to your diet (preferably in whole food form) is one of the single best strategies for weight loss and prevention. Aim for 20-35 grams of fiber per day. If you aren’t even close to that right now, increase fiber slowly over several weeks to prevent gas, bloating and diarrhea. And don’t forget to hydrate!
If you would like to learn more about integrating fiber into your diet, get in touch with our nutrition team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.786.6079