Fiber is not digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact out of your body. Yet, fiber intake is important in a healthy diet and a daily intake of 25 – 30 gms of fiber is recommended in a normal diet.
- Normalises Bowel Movements
- Promotes cleanup of the intestine and thus a good digestive health.
- Increases satiety after a meal and slower emptying of the stomach.
- It also helps in preventing overeating as it makes one feel full
- It also binds the cholesterol and excretes from your body
Oats, lentils, Ragi, Greens, Broccoli, etc are few sources rich in fiber. Vegetables and fruits are also a good source of fiber.
Remember to stay hydrated as fiber absorbs a lot of water. But sudden increase in dietary fiber intake may also result in intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. It is recommended to increase fiber in your diet gradually, over a period of 2 weeks.
Drink plenty of water; fiber works best when it absorbs water.