Most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diet. The Institute of Medicine recommends 30 to 38 grams of fiber per day for men and 21 to 25 grams per day for women, but most Americans max out at around 15 grams per day.
Incorporating enough fiber can help with hunger and digestion and lower the risk of certain diseases. Here are three reasons why fiber is so important to prioritize.
1. Fiber aids weight loss by helping you stay fuller longer.
High-fiber foods leave you feeling fuller longer, while often having fewer calories for the same volume of food. Fiber is not broken down in your body like other foods, creating a fullness as it passes through your body and intestines.
2. Fiber supports healthy digestion.
Fiber is not absorbed or digested, but passes through your body intact. Along the way, it binds to sugars, cholesterol and fats and carries them through the digestive tract. Because of its positive impact on digestion, early studies suggest fiber lowers the risk of colon cancer.
3. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.
Fiber may help reduce low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol levels, while also promoting other heart-health benefits, like reducing blood pressure and inflammation. At the same time, soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar and improve blood sugar levels.
Foods high in fiber include whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. FLTbar uses many of these all natural ingredients, including almonds, raisins, dates, soluble tapioca fiber and chicory root fiber to deliver a vegan, healthy energy bar.
With 13 grams of fiber, 12 grams of plant-based protein and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, adding a FLTbar to your daily diet for breakfast or as an afternoon snack is an easy solution for reaching your recommended daily fiber intake.