Fiber cables are used for data storage as well as transmission. They are also used for lighting and…..
But wait actually that’s the wrong fiber. This blog is surely about fibers but not fibers in cables or clothes.
Today, I will talk about Fibers-The nutrient in our food.
I am mentioning fibers for the 2nd time and if you are surprised, then check out my first blog in the series Nutrient Series- #1 Carbohydrates , Then come back to this blog and learn about fibers.
What are fibers
Fibers are types of Carbs, that body cannot digest and if you wonder what’s the point of eating them, then I will tell you some benefits of fibers.
As fibers aren’t digested, they pass as it is through the intestine and further from the body.
However, that’s surprisingly a good thing and that helps in digestion.
Fibers ensure the smooth running of the digestive system. It helps during constipation and helps in emptying your stomach. However, the catch is you need to drink plenty of water for fibers to work.
Fibers also promote good bacteria. Our body needs a good amount of good bacteria. If we don’t get good bacteria or probiotics, then evil (bad bacteria) shall rise and will create chaos. That chaos will happen in your body, like thyroid issues, gut-bacteria imbalance, and more.
We shall discuss the battle of good bacteria vs bad in separate blog called as Gut wars (I got this idea while writing this). Let’s see how that works.FGW
When you eat Bad carbs and if you like them, you want them more. Then, when you eat them more, you want them furthermore. So to avoid that endless cycle and to avoid getting sick, eat foods rich in fiber because Fibers control hunger while also making you healthy from the inside.
Women should take at least 25 gms of fiber and men should take at least 38-40 gms of fiber daily (that’s not equality, that’s narcissism).
To make things complicated further Fibers are of 2 types:
Soluble fibers-Are those that get dissolve in water. These help in lowering cholesterol, control blood sugar spikes.
Foods rich in soluble fibers are⇾ Oats, flax seeds, beans, soy products, lentils, peas, black beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, turnips, kidney beans, figs, apricots, pears, guava, carrots, apple, etc.
Insoluble fibers-they don’t get dissolved with water. These fibers ensure easy excretion by ensuring proper functioning of digestion. It’s good against constipation.
Foods rich in Insoluble fibers are⇾ Cauliflower, almonds, walnuts, wheat bran, rice bran, dark leafy veggies, eggplants, strawberries, radish, yellow bell pepper, potatoes with skin, cucumber, etc.
We discussed Dietary fibers in this blog. There’s another twin of Dietary fibers and that is Functional fibers, some research suggests that they are more beneficial, but I haven’t found anything clear on them, and a lot of confusing theories prevented me to include them in this blog.
Please note- I am not a medical expert (However I am an exceptionally terrific health blogger), before starting any new diet, please consult a doctor. Too much fibers can disturb the digestive process and can lead to diarrhea.FGW
That’s it for this blog. You will see me soon for #3 blog of this series. In the comments let me know if you are having enough fiber ( or fibres) in your diet.
Until then, KEEP SMILING.