Fiber Facts – Gina’s Fit Tip
It’s a well-known fact that fiber offers many health benefits. Fiber helps with regularity, may help prevent some types of cancer, help stabilize blood sugar levels, and may help reduce cholesterol levels. Also, fiber can help you feel full and avoid overeating! Fiber-rich foods are often low in fat and calories. Fiber is not fattening because we cannot digest it! High-fiber foods may be in bold print in your Diet Center lists of food exchanges to help you incorporate fiber-rich foods in your daily intake. The recommended daily intake is for men age 50 and under is 38 grams, and for men age 51 and older is 30 grams. The recommended intake for women age 50 and under is 25 grams, and for women age 51 and older is 21 grams. However, the average person consumes about 10 to 15 grams daily.
If you need a fiber boost, do it gradually so your stomach and intestines have time to adjust. Adding too much fiber (50 to 60 grams/day), or adding too quickly can cause gas, diarrhea, cramps, or bloating; and can decrease the amounts of vitamins and minerals your body absorbs. Remember to drink plenty of water. Extra fiber needs water to and do its job and keep it moving along. Aim for at least your 64-oz daily. Now you know the facts, so you can go ahead and boost up on the benefits of fiber!
Have a Healthy Day!