Dietary fiber also known as roughage is important for body and has a number of health benefits. It helps in Lowering cholesterol levels, thus, reducing risk of heart disease. A fiber rich diet helps in maintain blood sugar levels & controlling diabetes. Fiber Normalizes bowel movements thus relieving constipation, and help tremendously in achieving healthy body weight. Besides this it plays vital roles in preventing Breast cancer Peptic ulcer Inflammatory bowel disease kidney & gall bladder stones and Hypertension etc.
Fiber adds bulk to your diet and makes you feel full faster, helping you control your weight. Insoluble Fiber bulks up stools and makes waste move through the digestive tract more quickly, which is better for the gut.
Good sources of dietary fiber include
* Whole grain cereals
* pulses and legumes
* Nuts and seeds
* Fruit and vegetables
Eating the skin or peel of fruits and vegetables provides a greater dose of fiber, which is found naturally in these sources which helps in lowering blood pressure, inflammation, improve levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, shed excess weight and improves health & appearance of skin by flushing out harmful toxins.
Caution: Fiber absorbs water from within your body so it is necessary to drink plenty of fluids if you increase the amount of fibrous foods in your daily diet. Suddenly including too much dietary fiber in your diet can cause side effects like gas, bloating, colic and cramps Adding fiber gradually and drinking enough fluids and water can help avoiding these problems.