Fiber, A Very Important Nutrient

By Cedric Cannon

Fiber, also known as roughage, is the indigestible part of plant foods, unlike fats and proteins, that pushes through our digestive system and out of our body.


Too much fiber can cause stomach problems such as bloating and diarrhea; while too little fiber can cause waste to build up and move slowly through your system.


Three major sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and grains.


What's interesting about fiber, sometimes referred to as "nature's broom" because it cleans the intestinal tract, is that it's only found in plant foods. Meat and dairy products have no fiber.

Fatigue-fighting foods are found in many of your breakfast cereals,

Insoluble and soluble fiber are both beneficial.

Beneficial to your health, heart, and your weight,

Energizes the body because it removes waste.

Right for the body because it helps to keep blood sugar and hunger under control.







Sources:

"It's about eating right-fiber" Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

What is fiber and how does it work? - She knows

The role of fiber in digestion.

Too little fiber makes you gain weight

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