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Why Is A High Fiber Diet So Important?

Updated on November 13, 2010
High Fiber Meal
High Fiber Meal

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.


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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Thanks for this timely reminder. Voted up and useful.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a useful hub. I have learned something new today from your hub.

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      newyinsur 7 years ago

      Great info :)

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I agree, fiber is very important in order for the whole body to function as it should! Thank you for sharing!

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      pink flavour 7 years ago

      I think many people know that they should eat some products instead of others that affect their health but the problem stands in the crazy , busy world we live in and most of all in the small amount of free time we have . People are always on rush , everything moves very fast . In special when you're young and don't feel the repercussions of a bad diet at the moment , you don't have much interest in what you eat . Your post is really usefull for them . And I number myself among them . Thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great information to keep healthy.

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      Such great information, these are certainly great reasons for people to maintain a high fiber diet, thanks take care!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      An honest look at how to get fiber sensibly. Well written hub. Thanks.

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      peacefulparadox 7 years ago

      It's true, there is good fiber in fruits and vegetables. I like to get my fiber from fruits -- much tastier than oat bran.

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      daydreamer13 7 years ago

      Great hub. Fiber was recently recommended to me by my doctor, and what you've written is good advice. Well done!

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      Ricardo Nunes 7 years ago from Portugal

      Great informative hub, thanks for sharing! Another great feature of fibers on our diet it`s the fact that they avoid a great deal of fat absorption (it`s recommendable to eat a good salad just before eating red meat or other fatty foods) ;)

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I agree.... Many disorders can be prevented with a diet rich in fiber. In the our way to eat the fruits, vegetables, seeds, are foods often considered unimportant, but they are the best foods for our health and our beauty.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes, I agree fiber in the diet is so so very important!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Good solid info, Jennifer. Our need for healthy fiber in our diets can't be overstated.

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      tmbridgeland 7 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Great info. As for paleo people, even if they didn't get much fiber they probably didn't get constipation. I have tried all-meat diets. Loved it.