The Health Risks of Not Consuming Enough Fiber

by Daniel / Apr 26, 2017 / 0 comments

It is recommended that you eat at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber every day but many of us don’t even consume half that much. Fiber is very important to our health and you should eat it as much as you can. So, why is fiber so important? Here’s why:

Fiber is not digestible but it plays a central role in digestion especially soluble fiber found in nuts, beans, cucumbers and blueberries. This type of fiber dissolves into a gel-like form that slows down the digestion process to make you feel fuller for longer.

The other type of fiber is insoluble fiber found in foods such as celery, green beans, carrots and dark green leafy vegetables. It does not dissolve and it adds bulk to your stool. This helps your body to eliminate the wastes after digestion much faster. Many whole foods including fruits and veggies may have both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Health Risks of Not Having Enough Fiber

High Cholesterol

Because fiber passes through the digestive tract whole, it helps in the elimination of cholesterol. The cholesterol attaches itself to the fiber and is, therefore, easily eliminated.

Risk of Heart Ailment

Fiber eliminates cholesterol from the body and this is good for the heart.

Irregular Bowel Movement

Having no fiber in your body causes irregular bowel movement.

You’ll Get Hungry Fast

Fiber breaks down at a slower rate and this causes you to feel fuller for longer.

Spiking Blood Sugars

Low fiber and high carbohydrate food increases your blood sugar levels and this sets you up for a significant drop that is bad for your health. You will feel lethargic and you may even develop diabetes. Studies have shown that people who eat high glycemic and low fiber foods are twice as likely to get type 2 diabetes.