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Nutrition Essentials: Fiber

How often are you considering fiber in your daily nutrition? The conversation around nutrition often seems to cycle between whether carbs good for you or bad for you, but rarely is the importance of fiber discussed in the great carbohydrate debate. Dietary fiber is the portion the food (plants like vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes) that cannot be broken down during the digestive process.

Fueling your nutrition with fiber packed carbohydrates could be the game changer you have been searching for. An increased intake of dietary fiber has shown numerous benefits including decreased risk and improved outcomes related to cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and certain types of cancer, just to name a few.

It is recommended that adults consume a minimum of 25-35 grams of fiber per day. However, the average American diet is typically 15 grams of less per day. Studies have shown that simply focusing on increase daily fiber intake to a minimum of 30 grams per day leads to greater success in weight loss. There are a number of factors contributing to this outcome one of which is increased satiety. Fiber also aids in helping to stabilize glucose levels in the body allowing for optimal insulin distribution to the muscle stores in your body. Studies indicate that this leads to increased lean body mass and strength.

Regardless of your nutrition goals, fueling with fiber is likely to make a positive impact.

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