A recent survey determined that fewer than 10 percent are consuming the optimal recommended daily amount of fiber and that the average American consumes less than half the suggested amount of fiber daily.
Dietary fiber helps regulate the digestive system. Dietary fibers can act by changing the nature of the contents of the gastro intestinal track and by changing how other nutrients and chemicals are absorbed. Fibers also absorb water as they move through the digestive system, easing elimination.
Fiber also will lower cholesterol. Why? Soluble fiber will remove extra cholesterol from the blood. It will bind with the cholesterol and move it out of the body. That is the natural way to remove any cholesterol that the body doesn’t need. (The body needs cholesterol – every nerve is insulated by cholesterol and the brain and hormones are made from cholesterol.
As an example, one form of fiber is beta glucans. As a soluble fiber, beta-glucan cannot be digested, however, it slows food transit in the intestines. As a result, carbohydrates are absorbed slower, resulting in more steady blood sugar. In addition, it moves slowly through the digestive tract, taking cholesterol with it.
Beta-glucan also strengthens the immune system and, in turn, fend off colds, flu, and even cancer. Additionally, beta-glucan is said to increase the body’s defense against the harmful effects of stress
What can happen when you take too much fiber?
Dr. Berg talks about The Fiber Myth. It can be intestinal bloating that is the problem?
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