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What is Fiber? Why Should I Eat It?

What is Fiber?

Fiber is the material that gives plants their form and support. Dietary fibers are the fibers that we can eat. Fruits, vegetables, and grains have dietary fiber.

Though dietary fibers pass through the digestive system mostly undigested, we do get important nutrients and some energy from fiber. Once fiber reaches the colon (the large bowel), it helps to form soft stools and helps improve how the colon works. Animal products such as milk, eggs and meat do not contain dietary fiber.

Fiber gives you energy and softens stools.

Why Should I Eat Fiber Every Day?

  1. Fiber is nutritious.
  2. Fiber gives you energy.
  3. Fiber helps to make stools soft and easy to pass.

And, If I Don't Eat Fiber, What Happens?

Be sure to eat some fiber everyday. Without fiber, not only does your body miss out on important nutrients and energy, your body does not have what it needs to make stools soft and easy to pass. Without fiber, your stools can become dry and hard. Stools that are dry and hard are difficult to pass. This is called constipation.

Fiber is good for you in other ways too. Dietary fiber can make you feel full, it helps to improve the health of your heart by lowering cholesterol, and fiber helps to lower your blood sugar which helps your entire body to be healthier. So, eat some fruits, vegetables.