The Unexpected Beauty Benefits Of Fiber

A recent report by the NY Times has highlighted the ongoing work by scientists to discover why fiber is so good for you.  While scientists are still trying to pinpoint exactly why, they are clear as to its benefits: a diet that is rich in soluble fibers such as oatmeal, beans, and nuts – as well as insoluble fibers found in vegetables, cereals, and whole grains – can help lower the risks of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis, as well as improving heart health.  For this reason, fiber has always been recommended as a staple ingredient in balanced diets; it’s hard working and sensible, rather than faddy or glamorous.  Remarkably, though, Americans are still only eating around half the daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association (25-30g). That means the majority of people are missing out on the many health benefits it has to offer.  Maybe it’s time to celebrate what fiber can do for the rest of your body. Can it really make you more beautiful? Tipping the scales A commitment to looking good often includes adopting a healthy, balanced approach to your weight.  Not only do insoluble fiber-rich foods fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied for longer (no more snacking on biscuits here and there!), they can also take longer to chew, giving you time to realize that you don’t need to keep eating.   Fiber can also bind...

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