Vegetables are great sources of many nutrients, including fiber. Since fiber is such an important nutrient, we're highlighting it today.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be fully broken down by the body. It is commonly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble. Each have slightly different but very beneficial roles
in the body.
Emerging research is finding that soluble fibers are especially useful for maintaining gut health. While humans do not have the enzyme to break down fiber, the bacteria in the intestine are able to metabolize it. This fiber acts as food for the good bacteria.
Soluble fibers can also help you to feel full longer. They are thought to absorb liquid in the intestines, slowing the absorption of nutrients and resulting in feelings of satiety.
Found in: beans, Brussels sprouts, avocado, sweet potato and broccoli
Insoluble fibers are not digested by the body or soluble in water. These fibers may keep bodily functions regular by creating bulk in the intestines. To get all the benefits of fiber, make sure you are well are hydrated. In general, a good goal is to aim for at least 64 oz of water per day.
Found in: almonds, raspberries, flax see and parsnips
Eat at least one vegetable from your GenoPalate food list each day this week.