Fibers are important nutrients of plant origin that unlike other constituents of the food pass through our entire GI tract without being digested.
Fibers are broadly divided into two categories, soluble and insoluble fibers and are well known for the prevention and treatment of constipation, thus keeping an intact digestive system. They are also found to have a well-established role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity as well as cardiovascular diseases.
Soluble fibers swell up by absorbing water when they come in touch with it and are mainly helpful for the prevention of obesity, diabetes and decreasing cholesterol levels.
The main sources of soluble fibers are as under
These types of fibers are insoluble in water and are best known for their laxative effect, thus helping in the prevention and treatment of constipation. In addition, they are also found to have a cardioprotective as well as immune-strengthening effects.
The common sources of insoluble fibers are as under
The minimum recommendation of daily fiber intake in women under 50 years of age is about 25 grams and 21 grams in case of women above 50 years of age. In the case of men, it is about 40 grams if you are less than 50 and 30 grams if you are above 50.
To conclude, fibers are important for the prevention and treatment of conditions such as constipation, diabetes mellitus as well as obesity and to get maximum benefits we must make them an integral part of our regular daily diet.
To learn more about adding fiber into your diet, speak with our dietitian nutritionist at Century Medical and Dental Center (Downtown Brooklyn, Gravesend, Flatbush, Fort Greene and Midtown Manhattan) today.SHARE THIS POST Page Updated on Nov 25, 2014 by Dr. Dvorkina (Primary Care Doctor) of Century Medical & Dental Center
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