Today we want to talk a little bit more about fiber, a plant-based nutrient, that many Americans are deficient in. Commonly found in legumes, fruits, and vegetables, fiber has many health benefits! A diet high in fiber:
- Supports a healthy gut. Fiber is used by the microbes in the gut as energy and allows them to support a healthy microbial community in the gut.
- Helps with weight loss. Foods high in fiber tend to keep you full for longer than low-fiber foods.
- Controls blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber can help slow the absorption of glucose and a high fiber diet has been associated with a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Regulates bowel movements. Dietary fiber helps to keep you regular and consistent.
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