4 healthy reasons to eat more fiber

Fiber is very important for your diet. Men need between 30 and 38 grams of fiber a day, while women need between 20 and 25 grams a day. You have probably heard this many times, but do you really understand why this is so important for your health?...

A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include the following:

(1) It helps the bowel movements and maintains bowel health: Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. A high-fiber diet may also lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon.

(2) It lowers cholesterol levels: Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol levels.

(3) It helps control blood sugar levels: In people with diabetes, fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels.

(4) It aids in achieving healthy weight: Generally, high-fiber foods require more chewing time, which gives your body time to understand when you are no longer hungry, so you are less likely to overeat. ...