Top Six Reasons To Eat High Fiber Foods

At the core of healthy weight loss programs are principles which often evade most people interested in Wellness, Fitness and Diet. Here are the top reasons why you should seriously consider a diet rich in fiber when you are interested in beginning a healthy weight loss program. Losing unwanted pounds does not have to be stressful. If you apply these basic principles you will be well on your way to developing healthy weight loss habits.

1.Fiber helps control weight According to Janis Jibrin, RD, In studies of weight loss, people who eat more fiber lose more weight even though they consume the same number of calories as other dieters.” Research at the University of California at Davis shows that eating fiber releases hormones that make you feel satiated. (Amer Jrnl Clinical Nut Sep 2002; 76: 659 )

2.Fiber reduces your risk of heart disease A ten-year study of 68,000 women reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association in June of 1999 demonstrated that fiber, particularly the fiber found in cereal grains, lowered heart disease risk.

3.Eating more fiber can lower your chances of metabolic syndrome (Diabetes Care 2004; 27:538-46) Also known as syndrome X, this syndrome is a combination of factors that raise your chances of both heart disease and diabetes. Symptoms include high blood insulin levels, high blood pressure, high blood fats (triglycerides), low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and obesity.

4.Fiber may lower the risk of breast and other cancers (Amer Chem Soc Meeting, 8/9/01). Substances in fibers like flax fiber may beneficially interfere with estrogen’s role in cancer.

5.Fiber cuts your risk of type 2 diabetes in half (Am J Clin Nutr 2002; 76:535). Consuming fiber and low glycemic foods like whole grain cereals, fruits, bran, oats and legumes) can help people with diabetes stabilize their blood sugar levels.

6.Fiber lowers your incidence of constipation (J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1999;29:132) By providing bulk, assisting stool formation and promoting peristalsis, (muscular contraction in the bowel,) fiber increases frequency of elimination and promotes regularity.

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