BioActive Monthly

Antioxidants to Fiber: Solving Dietary Dilemmas

September 09, 2012

Common advice given to those pursuing a healthy diet is to eat more fiber, and it is good advice to follow.   

Dietary fiber delivers numerous health benefits beginning with a fuller feeling after eating, which contributes to weight loss. Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water and is found in foods like wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables. It promotes healthy digestion and bowel movements reducing the risk of diseases of the colon and intestines. Soluble fiber, which does dissolve in water, becomes a gel-like substance during digestion that helps lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, legumes and citrus fruits. Even with so many health benefits, Americans on average consume only 20 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of dietary fiber. Read the full story.

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