All of us know that we should consume more fruits, veggies, grains, seeds, and legumes, but few people follow through with it over the long run.
It’s clear that eating more fiber is ‘healthy,’ for us, but what does that mean?
Today, I’ll give you three solid reasons why you need to eat more fiber.
1. Fibrous foods are very filling at a low cost
Most fibrous foods are very voluminous and are very low on calories. Of course, this shouldn’t be confused with the myth of ‘zero-calorie foods.’
This makes them the perfect snack and the ideal addition to a healthy meal. A large bowl of mixed veggies without any fancy dressings can have as little as 100 calories.
If you’re dieting to lose some fat, having more fibrous foods is a great way to stay full throughout the day and stick to eating fewer calories.
2. Fibrous foods are rich in vitamins and minerals
The typical western diet severely lacks most vitamins and minerals. Most people are deficient in multiple micronutrients. Fibrous foods are jam-packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly and stay healthy.
For example, whole grains are rich in riboflavin, niacin, and folate, as well as essential minerals such as iron. Citrus fruits are some of the most abundant sources of vitamin C. Most veggies are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium.
3. Fiber protects against some diseases
Research suggests that regular fiber intake is correlated with a lower incidence of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.