Many of us know that fiber is an important part of any diet, but we’re often not sure what it does for our bodies. Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says fiber provides two big health benefits.
“One of the benefits of fiber is, yes, you’re staying fuller, longer. It also helps to clean out the things that are kind of sticking in our bodies that make us unhealthy as well. So, there are lots of benefits that fiber can provide,” Jeffers says.
Jeffers says that full feeling can slow the onset of hunger and aid weight loss.
Fiber is also linked to a lower risk of:
- Heart disease
- Some cancers
That’s because it speeds up the time it takes for food to pass through the colon and out of the body. This can help regulate blood sugars and keep gut bacteria at bay.
If you are trying to get more fiber into your diet, Jeffers recommends taking it slowly because you may have to get used to it.
“If you’re starting to add fiber to your diet, you want to do that slowly over time so your body gets used to it. Initially, you may have more bloating or gas because you will have that feeling of fullness, but don’t let that discourage you,” Jeffers says.
How can you get more fiber in your diet?
Jeffers recommends eating:
She says fruits and vegetables are the best for you because the fiber they provide is in its natural form. When it comes to fiber bars or cereals, Jeffers says to look closely at the ingredients label to make sure there isn’t a lot of added sugar.
Fiber in your diet is important to being healthy and offers a lot of benefits. Eat it in good health.