The best and weirdest thing about dietary fibre is the fact that our bodies cannot digest it. Dietary fiber is the edible part of a plant that is not absorbed in the small intestine but passed into the large intestine intact. Once it reaches the large intestine it is fermented by your gut bacteria and the by products from this process are where the short chain fatty acids and gases are formed. These are the main beneficial effects of dietary fibre on your health.
Sources of soluble fiber are fruit, barley, oats, vegetable and beans. Wholegrain cereals and bread are rich sources of insoluble fibre. Fibre provides bulk in the diet without all the extra calories; this is why food with high fiber content has a filling effect on your appetite. Helping you with diet and weight management.
Whilst fiber does not have any magical fat burning properties it is the filling feeling that will help you curb any binging habits. Next time you’re having jacket potatoes for dinner make sure you eat all the skin. Not only does it have fewer calories than baked or fried chips, you’re less likely to feel hungry an hour later.
It’s the soluble fiber found in beans and oats that help lower your overall blood cholesterol levels by lowering your bad cholesterol levels, which in turn reduces blood pressure and inflammation. The insoluble fiber found in dark leafy vegetables, green beans and celery do not dissolve at all and help add bulk to your stools. Helping food move through your digestive tract quickly so you’re ready to master that squat rack!