What does my nutrient do and how it functions in the body?
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.
Major Sources of Fiber
Popcorn. It's a great source of fiber
Baked potato with skin. It's the skin that's important here.
Oatmeal. Whether its microwaved or stove-cooked, oatmeal is good fiber.
Brown rice. White rice doesn't offer much fiber
What happens if the body doesnt get enough of fiber or gets to much?
If we don’t eat enough soluble fiber can lead to all sorts of inflammatory diseases such as gallbladder disease, intestinal inflammation, and even skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.Ultimately, a low-fiber diet can contribute to elevated levels of toxicity throughout the body.
If too much fiber is consumed, food digestion can be momentarily slowed or even stopped. This can lead to intestinal cramping and discomfort.By consuming too much fiber, you may increase this speed too much, which can lead to diarrhea.If you eat too much fiber without enough water, then you may become constipated
Interesting Facts about Fiber
The digestive tract is an amazing 28 feet long. Fiber helps move waste along this large muscle.
Fiber is found only in plant foods. Meat and diary products have no fiber.
Insoluble sources of fiber include fruits with skins, uncooked vegetables, nuts, legumes, bran, brown rice, and whole-grain flour.
Research indicates that fiber has protective effects against breast cancer.