Why is fiber good for you?

In TV spots, on the radio, and in the latest food magazine of the moment: you hear everywhere that you have to eat fiber to be healthy. Except you’re not a doctor, and you don’t understand why it’s so important. That’s why we decided to explain to you in all simplicity what fiber is used for in your daily life.

You’ll be less hungry

You'll be less hungry© Supplied by 750 grams You’ll be less hungry

To pay attention to your weight, there is no need to feed on oak leaves 24 hours a day. Just gradually integrate fiber into your diet.

Fibers are kind of sponges. Once swallowed, they gorge themselves with water and swell in your stomach. The rest is simple: the more they swell, the more volume they gain, the less vacuum there is. if this fiber is bulky, there will be less room for the rest of the food. As a result, you are satisfied by eating less.

Your transit will be regulated

Your transit will be regulated© Supplied by 750 grams Your transit will be regulated

And concretely, what does a “regulated transit” mean? It simply means that you will no longer have difficulty having a bowel movement, as long as you hydrate regularly. If you are prone to digestive disorders, fiber is your ally.

To you the artichokes with vinaigrette with 25g of fiber in a single artichoke, the plate of cassoulet with white beans(14g of fiber per 100g), a small salty lentil (8.45g per 100g), and breakfast based on bananas (3.7g per 100g).

You won’t want to snack at 11am and 3pm

You won't want to snack at 11am and 15pm© Supplied by 750 grams You won’t want to snack at 11 am and 3 pm

Admit that it is always embarrassing when the belly gurgles in the middle of a meeting or that we have a craving and the distributor is blocked. The reason is related to blood sugar, blood sugar levels. If this level rises quickly(this is called a spike in blood sugar), there is a risk that you will be hungry for lack of sugars when this peak goes down.

Fiber is therefore used to regulate this blood sugar. The guide to healthy eating details this process: “they will form a viscous gel in the intestine that will slow down the absorption of glucose”. As a result, the more fiber you eat, the less blood sugar will skyrocket. And that’s good, because repeated glycemic spikes lead to risks of diabetes and weight gain(and yes, we said it: if your blood sugar rises sharply and then drops, you will want to snack), among other things.

In addition, fibers require a longer chewing time. You will not be given a class, but the more you chew, the more enzymes prepare to receive food, the faster you will be satisfied. And hop, it brings us back to our first point about hunger.

As powerful as Captain America’s shield

As powerful as Captain America's shield© Supplied by 750 grams As powerful as Captain America’s shield

With fiber in your diet, you won’t have anything to envy Captain America. Little game of imagination: on the right, there is you. On the left, all kinds of diseases, starting with colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases. In between? A shield with superpowers. “Fibers limit the contact time between the intestinal mucosa and toxins,” the book reads. And toxins include pesticides and food additives as well as alcohol and other harmful substances.

Now that you know concretely what fiber is used for and where to find it, treat yourself and let go of fruits, vegetables, whole foods, and other plants to reach the 30g per day recommended by ANSES (National Agency for Health Safety, Environment, and Work).

Source: All quotes and data are from the book Yuka, the guide to healthy eating

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