Fiber is a complex carbohydrate found in the cell walls of all plant-based foods. The body is not able to fully break down fiber so it passes through most of the digestive system and expelled. A high fiber diet has many health benefits:
- Eating more fiber can help you maintain a healthy weight by keeping you full thereby reducing the chance of overeating.
- Adding more fiber to your diet can help lower cholesterol, which in turn can prevent chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- High fiber foods promote a healthy gut by helping waste to pass through your digestive system efficiently.
Fiber can be soluble or non-soluble, some of which are also prebiotic. Each has different benefits so you need a balanced diet to also have a balanced fiber intake. Taking a fiber supplement is the easier way to offset deficiencies in diets.