Hey sis! I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness, and that your dreams are becoming reality. Here at BGH we are very health conscious and always recommend eating strategically to maximize the benefits of the food you’re eating. Today however, I wanted to come and talk about something that’s important, but is also kinda rare when you’re reading the backs of your food labels, and that is fiber.
What is Fiber?
Fiber is dietary material containing substances such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin, that are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. That’s just google’s definition, in layman’s terms fiber is what helps hold your poop together. You see, there is a type of fiber that your body can’t really break down, so because of that it helps to move things along in your digestive tract, and helps to keep your system regular.
If it’s so important, why is it so hard to find?
Well, it depends on what you eat! Fiber is plentiful in certain foods and scarce in others. If you are eating a whole foods plant-based diet, then more than likely you are getting the recommended daily amount of fiber. Remember when I said fiber is plentiful in some foods? Well vegetables and fruits are those foods, for instance you get 5 grams of fiber in 1 pear. That may not seem like a lot, but with 25 grams being the recommended daily amount for women thats 1/5th of what you need in a day. Staying away from processed foods as snacks, and swapping them out for fresh fruits or veggies is the best way to go, in order to up your fiber intake. If you have to have the processed foods, try to get the types that have a high fiber content.
When it comes to fiber, beware of…
When your upping your fiber intake there are a couple of things you need to be aware of.
- Not increasing your water intake – if you don’t also increase the amount of water you’re consuming, then you will become constipated from all the additional fiber. Make sure that you are increasing both at the same time to keep your system flowing smoothly (or start flowing smoothly for many of us).
- Looking only at grams of whole grains – grams of whole grains and grams of fiber are completely different. I’ve picked up boxes of cereal that say 10 grams of whole grains per serving, but once I looked on the back there was no sign of fiber in sight. These are just fancy marketing schemes to make you think you’re getting something when you’re actually not getting it.
Alright ladies, so that’s the low down of fiber, and a few things to be aware of when you are trying to increase your fiber to go along with your health journey. What are some of your favorite high fiber foods? Let me know in the comments below!
And as always, Live your best life sis!