The Most Essential Nutrient
My Essential Nutrient Is Soluble Fiber
Soulble Fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. It is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement.
Bananas are the fourth-largest fruit crop and the most popular fruit in the world. While bananas are a good source of soluble fiber, they are not high in fiber or soluble fiber; to be high in a nutrient, a food must contain at least 20 percent of the daily value.
Nuts, legumes and whole grains are wonderful sources of fiber.
These high-fiber vegetables are also goitrogenic, meaning that they promote thyroid enlargement and can potentially cause or aggravate hypothyroidism.
Fiber-containing foods such as whole grains help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories and so may help with weight management. Whole grains can be a good source of fiber, but refined grains usually are not.