Everybody tells you that fiber is good and can help you lose weight. But what is fiber anyway? And how can it improve our bodies? Well, you definitely don’t need to go back to your biology class to remember that. Racco will give you a hand and will convince you that you can change your eating habits.
What is fiber and why it is good?
Different from proteins, carbohydrates and fats, fiber is a food component that cannot be digested. It passes through your stomach, small intestine and colon without being absorbed – which means no calories!
There are two types of fiber, and usually both of them can be found on plant food. No animal food – meat, milk, eggs, etc. – have fibers.
Insoluble fiber: this type of fiber does not dissolve in water and helps bowel movements, cleaning your colon, preventing diseases such as hemorrhoids and colon cancer. It can be found on whole-wheat flour, nuts, beans and vegetables.
Soluble fiber: once dissolved in the stomach’s liquids, soluble fiber forms a gel-like compound that slows down the rate of stomach’s absorption, making you less hungry. It also helps lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Oats, peas, beans, apples, carrots and barley are soluble fiber rich foods.
How much fiber should I eat?
Doctors recommend 20 g to 38 g of daily fiber intake. Men and people younger than 50 years old should eat more of it.
Food or supplement?
Racco’s FibraLife Line provides cereals, vitamins, collagen and fibers that help you reduce cholesterol and regulate instestinal functions. Good quality supplements, such as these, are very good to your body, but you cannot forget about having real fruits and cereals.
Having a good eating habit is essential for being healthy.