Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

Why is fiber important to us? Oh and…**Drumroll PLEASE……And the winner for the Gnu Foods Bars Giveaway is….**

on April 24, 2012

Susan Tang!

Susan, you are the lucky winner of the Gnu Foods Bars Giveaway!!

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Fact:  Did you know that most Americans only get about 15 grams of fiber a day???

Now I wanted to share a few important reasons why fiber is so important.

  • Fiber helps keep you full and satisfied
  • Fiber helps reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers
  • Fiber aids in weight control
  • Fiber helps control blood sugar levels
  • Fiber helps keep you regular
  • Fiber helps decrease cholesterol levels

*Women should aim for 25-35 grams of fiber each day and men should get 35-40 grams each day.

What is the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?

  • Soluble fiber dissolves in water.  Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and helps keep you full.  It is the soluble fibers that have shown to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water.   They help add bulk to your diet and help to prevent constipation.

Other than Gnu Foods Bars, some other great sources of fiber are:

  • Fruits and Vegetables (not juices)
  • Whole Grain Foods
  • Nuts and seeds (sunflower, chia and fax especially)
  • Beans and legumes

*Very important…make sure you increase your water intake along with your fiber!  It will help control any bloating you might get from the extra fiber 🙂

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