Even though we are unable to fully digest it, fiber is an important part of a well-balanced diet. Did you know that the American Dietetic Association recommends between 20-35 grams of fiber per day for healthy adults? Let’s face it: most people are unaware of the amount of fiber they consume, and don’t bother to figure it out. However, when you read just how much this nutrient supports your body, you’ll understand why consuming it can be beneficial.*
Types of Fiber
The first thing that you need to know is that there are two types of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble. Soluble fiber is the “gelatinous type of fiber” that dissolves in water, slowing down the rate of digestion.* On the other hand, Insoluble fiber, or the “roughage” type, adds bulk to your diet and speeds up the rate of transit.* Both types are important and support your overall health.*
When you hear the word fiber, chances are you think of digestion. Oftentimes insoluble fiber is referred to as “Nature’s Broom” because it helps to clean out your body.* Maybe that doesn’t leave the most compelling image in your mind, but this job is an important one. Fiber helps to move things along in your large intestine, which supports both digestion and regularity.* Insoluble fiber can be found in foods such as whole grains, leafy greens, fruits, nuts and more!
Soluble fiber slows down digestion, for balanced nutrient absorption.* This type of fiber can be consumed through various food sources such as oatmeal, oat bran, flaxseed, beans, nuts, apples, and more.
Both soluble and insoluble fiber can help to support a healthy diet.* Foods that contain soluble fiber slow down your digestion rate.* On the other hand, insoluble fiber helps promote regularity, and works to support your healthy diet.*
Fiber can support so many aspects of your health*. The next time you eat, take a minute to look at the nutrition label; they are there for a reason. Along with tracking your daily caloric intake and your fat, carbohydrates and protein, make note of how much fiber you are consuming! Since most Americans do not get nearly enough, try supplementing with our Fiber Gummies! These delicious fruit flavored gummies pack 5g of fiber per serving and support healthy GI function!*