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Supplements and Substitutes

Written on June 11th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Almost everyone acknowledges the fact that we need fiber in our diet however only a small percentage understand how important it is and where to get it. Fiber has an influence in our digestion from start to finish. The food that we intake should be chewed thoroughly, fiber contributes in slowing down the eating process by giving our stomach the feeling of being full. That’s why it is always advisable to start a meal with a salad or a lot of greens to satisfy our hunger preventing us from overeating.
Fiber also acts as a natural appetite suppressant which is important in weight management. It absorbs water which do not only gives us a pleasant feeling of fullness but it also impairs the ability of our body to absorb sugar and fats. These actually means that you can take small servings of these food while maintaining your weight keeping the insulin levels at a minimum while your body continues the process of burning fats. Isn’t that a delight?

Here are some of the foods which has substantial amout of fiber:

  • Whole grain brean
  • Cereals (all natural)
  • Vegetables – especially the green ones like spinach, kangkong, beet greens, and especially broccoli.
  • Beans – dried beans, peas, and other legumes
  • Nuts – peanuts, almonds, walnuts
  • Fruits – bananas, cherries, raisins and prunes and even dried fruits

Of course, we should also note that our food intake should always be in moderation and that does not exclude the food listed above. However, with the rigors of everyday life, we seem to forget that we need our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, including fiber in the food that we eat which is why we need supplements and substitutes. These are taken in order to meet the required level of vitamins and minerals needed by our body.

Here are some of the many benefits of fiber:

  • Keeps your weight under control;
  • Improves digestion and bowel movement;
  • Lowers Cholesterol;
  • Preventing certain diseases like diabetes and colon cancer;

Before you start on any supplements and any other dietary substitutes, try checking the supplement reviews site and consult your physician.