What Is Fiber?
We always hear that we should eat more fiber. But what is it and how do you get it?
Fiber is a beneficial carbohydrate found only in plants and one of the many reasons why eating more plant-based foods can help improve your health. Experts believe that eating more naturally fiber-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can promote a healthy heart, boost bowel regularity and help manage your appetite.
Because more and more consumers are looking to reap the benefits of fiber-rich foods, food scientists have found ways to manufacture fiber and add it to processed foods like cereal and snack bars. But adding a single nutrient to a food doesn’t automatically make it a nutritious choice. Make sure to look at all of the ingredients in the food that come with the added fiber!
Nature tends to package fiber-rich whole foods with an assortment of vitamins and minerals along with phytochemicals – beneficial plant-based substances that cannot be manufactured.
While you may be able to get your daily recommendation of fiber either way, why not go for the “package deal”?