Getting Your Daily Fiber

Nov 9, 2021

 by Briana Gutierrez

We hear about fiber a lot but do we really need it? Fiber is a carbohydrate that does not provide the body with energy. Instead, it passes through the stomach undigested and goes straight to the digestive tract. So why exactly is it important?

Well, fiber plays an important role in our day to day functioning. Reducing the risk of heart disease, helping with weight management, reducing the risk of diabetes and improving the digestion of food are all assisted by making sure to include your daily recommendation of fiber. For women, this number sits right around 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, while men should aim for 30 to 38 grams.

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and helps manage cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber does not disolve in water, increasing the feeling of fullness and aiding with digestion. If you get your fiber from a wide range of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts, then you’ll likely consume both the right amounts and types of fiber for good health.

Here are a few popular and delicious sources of fiber that can easily be included in yuor daily diet; Raspberries, oatmeal, lentils, black beans and boccoli are all wonderful sources of fiber.

Not only will including healthy sources of fiber help you to attain the benefits listed above, you will also be consuming many vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at it's best!