Sunday, September 27, 2009
I've known for a long time that fiber was good for digestion and for keeping you regular. What I didn't know was that different types of fiber did different things. Water insoluble fiber that keeps moisture in the fecal matter, which in turn keeps the blood sugar from spiking right after meals. A diet that is high in dietary fiber helps to keeps the bacterial flora healthy. A diet high in dietary fiber is good for the heart as well, reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL levels. All in all, a diet that has the proper amount of fiber does more for your health than keep you regular. Eating whole grains is a good way, and a tasty way, to get most of the dietary fiber that we need. It's also a good way to regulate how much we eat.