Better Body Clinical Nutrition


The Impotance of Fiber

Saturday, November 19, 2022 2:38 PM

The importance of fiber. 
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During the 1990s many studies were conducted to determine the effects of isolated nutrients on health. One of these studies was on the effects of Beta-Carotene (the orange color pigment found in some foods). Some of these studies were canceled midstream informing the participants that the Beta-Carotene they had been taking may be increasing their risk of cancer. 
Other studies using a whole carrot showed that it reduced the risk of cancer 100% of the time. Besides the fact that a whole food contains all the factors needed to be utilized by the body, a key factor is the fiber found in the whole food. Much of our health is dependent on the passage and absorption of food through our digestive tract. Without fiber it is impossible for digestion to take place in a balanced way. With imbalanced digestion comes malabsorption, lack of nutrients and poor metabolism which leads to compromised health. A diet high in vegetables and other high-fiber plant foods is key to maintaining health. 
When purchasing prepared foods, it is a good idea to look at the nutrition label for the number of grams of fiber per serving. A food that has between 10 to 15 grams of fiber per serving will be the best option.