Role of Fiber Foods in Maintaining Good Health

One should take plenty of fiber foods in the diet. Fibers are the constituent of food that the body does not absorb. Foods rich in fiber contents are green vegetables, fruits, salads, in bran of rice and husk of wheat, unrefined carbohydrates and complex starches.

There are two types of fibers –

1. Those found in fruits and vegetables called pectin. They help bring down cholesterol and glucose level in the blood.
2. Fibers found in whole grain (wheat bran, wheat germ) tone the intestine for quick elimination. They protect us from constipation, hemorrhoids and cancer.

A diabetic patient should stop using white flour and sugar which is refined food with no fibers. All non-vegetarian foods do not contain fibers. So a vegetarian diet is better for diabetes. The sugar raising quality of carbohydrates is much reduced if there are plenty of fibers.

Fiber is one of the most important constituent of a colon cleansing diet. It helps eliminate the toxins from the intestine and thus keep the body away from several ailments.

The fiber is very helpful for the digestive system. It forms a gel in the digestive system which slows down absorption of sugar. So the sugar level of the blood is steadier. It cuts down the absorption of fats and so the bowels more speedily and clearly.

Fibers promote good health. Fibers have proved beneficial in several diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, gall stone, constipation, digestive disorders, cancer and obesity.

When the fiber diet is taken, the absorption of nutrition is slowed down due to following reasons – gastric emptying is delayed and overall absorption and digestion of carbohydrates is slowed down.

Children and pregnant mothers need not take high fiber diet. Children and pregnant mothers need more nutrition and fiber food is only high bulk food.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.