Fiber - What is it Good For? Actually, a Lot!
Hello Loyal Soup People!
Around this time of year, I hear a lot of buzz about diet trends and fads. By now, you all probably know how I feel about quick fixes (hint – eating healthfully takes some thought, time, and patience). One piece of healthy eating advice that is not trendy is to eat more fiber.
Yes, we know about fiber’s reputation to help with… movement. However, its benefits go well beyond that. In fact, higher fiber intake is essential to losing and maintaining weight. Why? Fiber-filled foods are simply more filling. Fiber causes your body to slow down the digestion process, keeping you full for longer amounts of time. And if you aren’t hungry, you’re less likely to head to the vending machine in the middle of the day. You simply consume fewer calories!
For example, a bowl of lentil soup has around 250 calories. Two handfuls of pretzels has a similar calorie count. After a bowl of lentil soup (21 grams of fiber…), you’re going to be full for hours. After a serving of pretzels (less than 1 gram of fiber), you’re probably… reaching for another handful!
Translation? Eat more fiber!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!