Dietary fiber is found in plant foods (fruit, vegetables and whole grains) and is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fiber helps support a healthy diet by:
1. Helping you feel fuller faster and longer, which can help prevent overeating.
2. Keeping blood sugar levels even, by slowing digestion and absorption so that glucose (sugar) enters the bloodstream slowly and steadily
3. Maintaining a healthy colon – the simple organic acids produced when fiber is broken down in the digestive process helps to nourish the lining of the colon.
A healthy diet should contain approximately 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day, but most of us only get about half of that amount.
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