Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mysterious, Glorious Fiber

Scientists don't know exactly why (it could be that it's fiber-rich foods are high in antioxidants), but they agree fiber is great stuff. In addition to keeping you "regular," fiber may also "reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and gastrointestinal problems like diverticular disease," according to a recent Newsweek article, "Is Fiber the New Protien?"

Fiber (the part of food that our bodies can't digest) also makes you feel full, which may help control weight.

For the record, fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble. The soluble stuff helps you absorb nutrients and slows digestion. Insoluble fiber helps food pass through the intestines.

The FDA suggests you eat 21 to 38 grams of fiber per day. While most Americans don't hit that goal on a daily basis, it' shouldn't be too hard to do as a cup of broccoli has 5g of fiber and the same amount of chickpeas pack 10g.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.