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5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIETARY FIBER


You've probably heard a lot about dietary fiber and how it is very effective for constipation. However, dietary fiber is not only good for constipation, but it has other health benefits. Dietary fiber can be found in foods such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Below you will find some of the health benefits that fiber has to offer.

1 Constipation
Fiber helps in relieving constipation because it increases, bulk and softens our stool if it is hard.  It therefore facilitates the movement of food and waste materials through our digestive tract.

2 Lowers bad cholesterol levels in blood
According to Mayo Clinic, when soluble fiber dissolves in water, it forms a gel-like material that can help in lowering cholesterol. It does this by lowering the levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).

3 Regulation of blood sugar levels
This is very beneficial for diabetics and healthy people as well. For diabetics, soluble fiber helps in slowing down the rate of absorption of sugar. It also helps healthy people in that it can reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

4 Weight loss
Foods that contain dietary fiber contain few calories and is therefore helpful for those who want to lose weight. It also makes us to feel fuller and we will therefore consume less.

5 Healthy heart
According to Dr Mercola, those who eat enough fibers have been found to have a 40% reduced risk of having heart disease.


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