Sunday, September 2, 2012

Does fiber help you poop ?

Does Fiber Help You Poop?

Does fiber help you poop ?

The title of this article may sound funny, but the importance of fiber in a diet can not be disputed.

Fiber or Fibre is the indigestible portion of plant food with two main components.

-Soluble Fiber

-Insoluble Fiber

Soluble Fiber causes the emptying of your stomach to slow down and makes the person feels full, in return assisting in weight control. Due to the stomach emptying slower blood sugar levels are maintained resulting in insulin sensitivity, helping to control diabetes.

Food Sources of Soluble Fiber

Oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots.

Insoluble Fiber increase fecal bulk and expedite the excretion of food through the digestive tract.

Food Sources of Insoluble Fiber

whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.

Recommended daily intake of Fiber: The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a person consume 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories consumed.

Benefits of a high fiber diet:

A High Fiber diet can greatly aid in moderate weight loss, reduce the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, constipation and the production of bad cholesterol.

Disadvantages of a high fiber diet:

A high fiber diet may result in increased flatulence, bloating, and constipation if not enough water is consumed.

In conclusion, the answer to this topic’s question Does fibre make you poop? The answer is yes. Additionally I have also included some health benefits of consuming Fiber or Fibre. I hope you have enjoyed this article.


Jennifer Taylor.

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