Saturday, 12 October 2013

High Fiber Diets–How Fiber Foods Helps Digestion?

Fiber in Diets

Dietary fiber is an essential nutrient required for proper digestion of foods, proper functioning of the digestion. A deficiency of fiber can lead to constipation, hemorrhoids, and elevated levels of cholesterol and sugar in the blood. Conversely, an excess of fiber can lead to a bowel obstruction, diarrhea, or even dehydration. High fiber diets are usually recommended to those who have constipation, high cholesterol, diabetes etc.  

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Fiber is mostly polysaccharides composed of glucose units, but human digestive enzymes cannot break the bonding of these units. These include cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin, and some other types of fiber. There are of two main types of fiber: water soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both of these types are important for good health.

Health Benefits of High Fiber Diet
  • It stimulates the muscles of the digestion.
  • It prevents constipation, and other intestinal problems.
  • It reduces the risk of colon cancer.
  • It helps prevent bacterial infection of the appendix.
  • It can lower blood sugar.
  • It helps to reduce cholesterol.
  • It helps to avoid hemorrhoids.

Foods High in Fiber

To keep the digestive tract healthy and prevent other disorders like hemorrhoids and intestinal problems, people normally need 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily. These can be obtained from a variety of plants, vegetables and fruits. Corn, Wheat, Rice, Oat, Dried Herbs, Spices, and Peppers Cocoa Powder and Dark Chocolate Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Sesame Butter Dry Roasted Soybeans, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans) Sunflower Seeds Beans, Passion Fruit etc. are the sources of good fibers. Fibers are especially abundant in whole foods. All fruits are rich in fiber. If you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, you can try eating cooked vegetables to provide your body with adequate fiber.

Since excess of fiber intake will lead to dehydration, individuals who consume high fiber diets should also increase their intake of water.

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