Fiber is an important part of our diets – it is found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes and it is the part of the food that our bodies cannot digest and absorb, which is why it is best known for its ability to relieve constipation.
Unlike carbohydrates, fats, and proteins – which your body can break down and absorb, fibers can pass relatively intact throughout your stomach, small intestine, colon, and out your body. There are many more health benefits associated with fiber including helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Samir Becic and The Health Fitness Revolution recommends adding these fiber types to your diet:
- Kiwis, Apples, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries
- Chia Seeds
- Peas, Edamame
- Black Beans, White Beans, Lentils
- 100% Whole-grain wheat Pasta/Bread, Brown Rice, Bulgar
- Oatmeal (100% natural, no sugar added)