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  • Writer's pictureFederica Negro

Fiber-rich foods

Do you know why fiber is so good for your health? Adequate dietary fibre is essential for proper functioning of the gut and has also been related to risk reduction for a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

The benefits of a high-fiber diet are many:

· Normalizes bowel movements by increasing weight and size of your stools and softening it, decreasing your chance of constipation;

· Helps maintain bowel health. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Studies have also found that a high-fiber diet likely lowers the risk of colorectal cancer.

· Lowers cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that high-fiber foods may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

· Helps control blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes, fiber can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels.

· Keeps you full for longer. High-fiber foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer.

How much fiber do we need to eat? Aim for 30 grams of fiber per day.

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