Why is Fiber important for us ?
Fiber or roughage is an essential plant based nutrient. Fiber provides us with the following benefit’s.
Firstly: Fiber is good for our large intestine. When fiber reaches our large intestine it is broken down by millions of bacteria producing short chain fatty acids these acids are source of energy for the cells of our large intestine
Secondly: Certain fibers help us avoid heart related diseases by keeping our blood glucose level in check
In our stomach these fibers dissolves in water and forms a gel like substance which holds the food together ,this slows down digestion and delays the rate of glucose absorption in our blood thus preventing unnecessary spikes in the blood glucose
Thirdly: High fiber foods makes our stomach feeling full of food, hence we end up consuming less calories which is beneficial for weight loss.
Lastly: Some fibers also help in bile movements reliving constipation.
Is too much fiber bad for us?
Fiber or dietary fiber is plant based nutrient which is essential for our body however consuming too much fiber can be problematic
Firstly: We can not digest fiber, so if we consumes too much fiber too quickly, the bacteria in our large intestine will break it down producing excess amount of gas thus causing cramps.
Secondly: Excess consumption of fibers can lead to the deficiency of calcium an d magnesium etc.
Fiber is either soluble and insoluble