An Instagram follower recently asked me the following question when I was collecting questions for a Q&A: How much fiber do you actually need? And how can you make sure you’re getting enough fiber? I thought addressing this question and suggesting ways to incorporate fiber into your diet could make a useful blog post. Fiber is an essential part of healthy diet, and most Americans don’t get enough.
So here we are today. I have a yummy recipe coming tomorrow and the long-awaited post on celery juice coming Tuesday (Please pardon my delay with that one; it just takes a considerable amount of time/energy/effort to thoroughly research nutrition-related topics I haven’t extensively specifically studied before).
Okay! On to fiber:
*Disclaimer: As always, this is general information intended for healthy adults. Your needs may vary based on medical status, lifestyle, or life-stage. Please never replace generalized health information you’ve read online with individualized clinical care.
First of all, what is fiber?
Dietary fiber is substance derived primarily from plant material that is composed of non-starchy complex carbohydrates and lignin. Functional fiber also consists of non-digestible carbohydrates that have been isolated, extracted, or manufactured that have been shown to have beneficial psychological effects.
To put it simply, dietary fiber is naturally found in foods, and functional fiber is often added to foods. Both are beneficial to human health.…