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8/26/2014 10:55:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Here in America, we overemphasize the importance of calories in overweight and obesity, while giving peripheral homage to fiber's role in a beneficial diet.
Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, plays a beneficial role in maintaining good health. Not only does it promote regularity by adding bulk to stools and decreasing transit time through the digestive tract, soluble fiber feeds beneficial colonies of bacteria in the large intestine, especially the colon. As these colonies of bacteria partially digest fiber through fermentation, short-chain saturated fatty acids are created as byproducts. These saturated fatty acids are essential to good health by decreasing the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body, promoting the absorption of vital nutrients, and buffering the impact of a high glycemic diet.
Most people view their bodies as they do their cars. They believe if they consume a set amount of fuel, either they will expend it through exercise or store it as fat. However, the body is not so simple; there are many biological factors that come into play, and there are many parties involved in the process of digestion and absorption. Remember, as you eat, you are not the only one being fed.