It is commonly said that a healthy outside starts from the inside and therefore, eating right becomes the first step on the path to wellness. Now, whenever we talk of eating healthy, we come across a lot of terms like supplements, power crunch, nutrition fixer, dietary fibers etc. but what exactly is ‘Dietary Fibre?’
How many times have we all heard that dietary fiber is good for our health? However, at the same time, we also wonder about why do we need to include some High-Fiber foods in our regular diet?
We eat a variety of foods throughout the day and these are broken down into nutrients and minerals by the gastric enzymes in our gastrointestinal tract. However, these enzymes are not able to break down certain kind of food particles. Dietary fiber that consists of the indigestible parts of plants is one such carbohydrate that our gut enzymes are unable to digest, thus it’s not absorbed by the digestive system and acts as a laxative, keeping one’s digestive system clean and healthy.
Dietary fiber has other health benefits as well. Besides keeping the gut healthy, it helps in weight loss, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, lowers the odds of heart diseases, detoxes the body naturally and helps improve the ratio of healthy gut bacteria.
It’s not news that vegetables are good for us, they provide us with several vitamins and minerals that are essential for our body.
Apart from providing regular nutrition, vegetables are also a good source of dietary fiber. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage (Savoy cabbage, red cabbage) are high-fiber foods.
On the other hand, green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, Romaine lettuce are also rich in iron and dietary fiber. So, don’t forget to include them in your diet.
Grains and cereals have become a part of our daily life and we consume them almost every day in some form or the other. The basic principle is simple, always prefer whole grain products over refined ones.
Some of the whole grains that are offer wholesome nutrition with the added benefit of dietary fiber are millets, barley, wheat, brown rice, oats, and wild rice etc. You can create a variety of mouth-watering dishes and desserts from whole grains. Incorporate these high-fiber foods into your diet to avail the dual benefits of great taste and high nutrition.
Fruits and nuts are some of the most healthy and nutritious treats. As sweet and crunchy they are, you can call them a perfect replacement for artificially sweetened desserts. No matter how you decide to eat them they are just great. There are many berries, fruits, and nuts that can provide you with the recommended daily quota of dietary fiber.
Incorporate fruits like oranges, prunes, kiwis, papayas, grapefruits, guavas, bananas, apples, peaches and figs or dry dates into your regular diet along with a variety of berries including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, and blueberries that are also rich in antioxidants.
Nuts are power-packed crunchies that fulfill your daily requirement of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese etc. Besides this, they are a rich source of fiber as well. Walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pine nuts, pecan, peanuts etc. are some of the nuts that should be added to any healthy diet.
Apart from being a good source of proteins, legumes are also a rich source of dietary fiber. Legumes are mainly different kind of beans, you can pick and choose from many varieties that are easily available in the market e.g. black beans, kidney beans, soybeans, navy beans, lima beans, and moong beans, French beans, yellow beans, lentils, cowpeas etc.
You can soak them overnight and whip up a quick salad that will keep you feeling full and high on energy and also keep your taste buds happy throughout the day.
Another incredibly simple way to increase your intake of dietary fiber is to opt for Keeros Roasted Supersnacks that are healthy for all and safe for diabetics. Our Multigrain Roasted Supersnacks offer you the wholesome nutrition of soybeans, millets, green grams, dew beans, white wheat and crispy rice flakes with a dash of Himalayan pink salt that helps regulate your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Or if you are a big fan of sweets then try out our Multiseed Roasted Supersnacks that contain dry dates along with a rich mixture of 4 superseeds- pumpkin, flax seeds, watermelon, and sesame.
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