Here at Appleton's Market, we absolutely love fiber - the natural kind :) Whether it be from our crisp kale or Swiss chard, or our nutty quinoa and smooth chickpea flour, our Power Veggie Bites are full of it. We just can't get enough of it around here. And for good reason - eating the right amount of fiber has a huge impact on your health and well-being. Check out our top 8 reasons for packing more fiber into your day.
1. You'll Lose Weight
If you do nothing more than add more fiber to your diet, you will see the pound(s) drop off. Fiber-rich foods not only fill you up faster and keep you satisfied longer, they also prevent your body from absorbing some of the calories in the foods you eat. Some studies have shown that increasing fiber intake can reduce calorie intake by around 100 calories per day - that adds up!
2. Be more regular
Nothing keeps the ol' GI track moving like healthy fiber pushing through!
3. Reduce the risk of different cancers
Studies have shown that increasing your fiber intake can help reduce your risks of colorectal cancer and breast cancer. So it's not necessarily the apple a day the keeps the doctor away, it's all those delicious fruits and veggies.
5. Help maintain a healthy weight
Yup, it not only can help you shed those pounds but keep them off, too. The feeling of satiety (fullness) that you get when you eat fiber-rich foods, the evening out of your blood sugar, and the subsequent lowering of "sugar crashes" help keep your body at a healthier weight.
7. Healthier gut bacteria
The good bacteria that live in your GI tract absolutely love to feed off of the fiber you give them. This process produces short-chain fatty acids that are extremely beneficial to you - both in lowering inflammation and reducing bloat.