Fiber Up Your Diet
You’ve most likely heard that your diet should incorporate plenty of fiber, but many of us aren’t sure how beneficial fiber really is or how to incorporate it into our diets. National Fiber Focus Month is celebrated in February and gives us the opportunity to spread awareness about the importance of healthy eating and maintaining a balanced and nutritional diet.
Fiber is an indigestible substance found in plant foods that has several health benefits. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and can help lower blood glucose levels and LDL cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, but helps promote proper digestion in the body.
“Fiber helps maintain glucose levels, reduces cholesterol, and aids the body in fighting against colon and breast cancer,” said Heather Wilson, a Registered Dietitian at Golden Living. “A diet rich in fiber can easily be achieved by striving to eat fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains.”
To add adequate amounts of fiber to your diet try some of these foods:
- Fruits and Vegetables