Why Is A High Fiber Diet So Important?
Walk into any grocery store in the United States and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of products advertising the fiber content. High fiber diets seem to be all the rage lately and companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Now, alongside the regular yogurt, the light yogurt, the dessert yogurt and the kid's yogurt you will find plenty of high fiber yogurts. How many yogurt options do we need exactly? And why do we need all of this fiber suddenly? Has the general population evolved to need increasingly large quantities of fiber to survive? One has to wonder, what with all the new high fiber products being pushed on us.
I believe that the fiber craze is just another idea that companies are trying to capitalize on. But I also think that most of the United States doesn't eat enough fruits and vegetables each day. Guess where most of our fiber comes from? Fruits and vegetables. Walk through any drug store and you will find numerous products to help a person deal with constipation. So maybe this society as a whole does need more fiber each day.
Think back to the hunter gatherer time period. They ate meat, nuts and seeds for the most part and fruits and vegetables when they could find them. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables all contain a lot of fiber. I doubt constipation was an issue. In fact, I have a feeling it wasn't a problem until the late 20th century when processed foods and fast foods became the main source of nutrition for most people.
Fiber is very important in a person's diet and I definitely think everyone should make sure to get enough of it. It keeps the colon working properly. I just think that if people ate healthier diets in general with more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables then they would naturally get enough fiber each day and wouldn't have to resort to the specialty products manufacturers have come up with to provide us with more fiber. Let's look at the many benefits of a high fiber diet.
- Relieves constipation, sometimes within hours.
- Helps to relieve hemorrhoids.
- Speeds up the movement of food through the body.
- Helps us feel full longer.
- Regulates our blood sugar, helping us avoid spikes and dips throughout the day.
- Can possibly prevent cancer. There are many bad things in foods and if the food can pass through our body quicker, then it is less likely to do us harm.
- Can reduce cholesterol and heart disease.
As you can see there are many benefits to getting enough fiber, but unless you have a medical condition I'm not sure you need a "high fiber" diet. It is always best to talk with your doctor to make decisions regarding your health. Fiber is essential to good health and making sure you are getting enough each day is important. Your whole body will benefit from it.