So you’ve heard about adding fiber into your diet, but you don’t really know what it is or what it does. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in foods such as whole fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains that does not get digested. Most carbohydrates get broken down into sugar molecules or energy for the body. When you eat foods that are high in fiber, you are not only helping your digestive system out, but you are also helping your body regulate its use of sugars.
According to Harvard School of Public Health, “Children and adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber per day for good health, but most Americans get only about 15 grams a day.” This means North Texans as well. This means that many of us that do not get enough fiber are at risk of things such as heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and constipation. These are all serious conditions and are not worth trying out if you don’t have to. Put more fiber in your diet. Your family will thank you in the long run!