Many of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s remember the funny old cereal commercials with two grandparents eating high-fiber cereal or Euell Gibbons advertising Grape Nuts. The primary message seemed to be that fiber was good for your bowels and you should eat it every morning. Fiber is good for your bowels but it is also good for so much more.
Comedians such as Johnny Carson poked fun at Euell Gibbons and joked that he was telling people to eat wood. He was a good sport and took the jokes in stride. His message from 50 years ago, however is even more true today. We should all try to eat more natural high fiber foods.
It is difficult however, to eat the recommended daily allowance of fiber. Women should try to eat 21 to 25 g per day of fiber and men 30 to 38 g per day. When you were trying to eat a high-fiber foods, they should contain at least 5 g of fiber per serving. In order to get your daily fiber intake, you’ll need to consistently eat nuts, dark green and leafy and raw vegetables and fruits with skin such as apples. Adding a couple teaspoons of plain psyllium fiber to your daily diet goes along way as well.
Fibers do help keep your bowels regular but there are many real health benefits. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight. This further decreases your chance of developing diabetes and heart disease as well as diseases of your intestines such as diverticulitis or colon cancer.