Fiber cannot be digested by the body. Fiber can help reduce the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol levels. Fiber attracts cholesterol and bile acids so that they can be taken out of the body by feces rather than being absorbed by the body. Certain foods that are high in fiber should be part of every person’s daily diet.
Foods such as oats, beans, peas, rice bran, strawberries, apple pulp, and flax seed are all high in fiber. Eating dietary fiber can make a person feel full so that they do not eat as often or as much, thus, helping the body become healthier. Getting enough of both types of fiber in a person’s diet keeps the body healthy.
The two types of fiber are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps the body to reduce the bad cholesterol levels while insoluble fiber helps to lower the risk of heart disease in high risk people. Adults should have about 25-30 grams of fiber a day while children older than two should work their way up from lower levels until they reach the maxium levels in adulthood.
After reading the articles and the text, I have learned that fiber is good for my body for more reasons than what I have always thought. I knew that fiber helped to clean the body’s system, but I did not know that fiber helped to lower bad cholesterol. I also know that I am not eating enough fiber for it to do its job properly, but I plan on trying to incorporate more fiber into my daily diet so I can get the full benefits and maybe lose some weight too.