Welcome back! Last week we talked about childhood obesity rates. If you missed this blog and want to catch up, click HERE.
This week, our Osteopathic Doctor, Dr. Ross, explains why fiber is so important to our diet. So, grab A Cup of Coffee and let’s chat!
What is so important about fiber? Over the last 100 years our overall fiber intake has been reduced from 60-100 grams daily to an average of 14 grams per day. Fiber is like the skeleton of plants. There is no fiber found in animal products….therefore, our switch to more animal based products has resulted in an extreme reduction in the amount of fiber in our diets. Let’s explore some of the benefits of fiber (fiber from whole plant foods not the fiber found in the supplement aisle, like Metamucil).
Fiber feeds our good bacteria and the resultant products feedback to our brain to turn off the urge to eat… https://nutritionfacts.org/video/paleopoo-what-we-can-learn-from-fossilized-feces/ . Fiber hooks up with cholesterol and extra estrogen and speeds transport of carcinogens thru our gut resulting in decreased rates of heart disease, colon and breast cancer. For every 10 grams of fiber you add to your diet you will decrease your risk of heart disease and colon cancer by 10%. Yes….that is for every 10 grams! If you increase your fiber intake by 50 grams daily, you reduce your heart disease and colon cancer risk by 50%. All plants have fiber. For example, there is 3gm in an average serving of fruit, 4 gm in an average serving of veggie, 4 gm in a serving of oatmeal, 6-7 gm in a serving of beans or lentils. There is no fiber in any animal product. https://www.pcrm.org/health/healthcare-professionals/nutritioncurriculum/nutrition-curriculum-session-7-weight-loss
So stop worrying about how much protein you are getting and focus on increasing the amount of fiber in your diet.
Best of Health
Charlie Ross DO Westfir, Oregon