Nutrition Tip: Fiber

 

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We’ve all heard about the benefits of fiber for digestive health, but did you know it’s also good for your metabolism? Soluble dietary fiber traps carbohydrates to slow their digestion, checks the rise of glucose after meals, and keeps insulin levels low. It can also help lower cortisol levels and aid in the body’s natural disposal of excess estrogen. As if all those positive effects weren’t enough, soluble fiber’s sticky quality helps drag cholesterol out of the digestive tract, lowering your LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind).

Another bonus is that most sources of soluble fiber also provide insoluble fiber — the kind that keeps things moving in our digestive tract. How do you know if you’re getting enough fiber in your diet? Well, there are a couple of pretty obvious symptoms if you’re not:

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