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September 4, 2014

Bowel health, lower cholesterol, good weight and controlling blood sugar are all benefits of a high-fiber diet, according to The Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic explains fiber benefits on its website, offering a multimedia presentation that describes the important role dietary fiber has in promoting human health.

Among the benefits of a high-fiber diet highlighted by Mayo:

  • Improved bowel movements. Fiber increases the size of stools and softens it, which makes it easier to pass. Fiber may also fight watery stools because it absorbs moisture.
  • Lowers cholesterol. Soluble fiber may lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels.
  • Controlling blood sugar. Fiber helps improve blood sugar levels.
  • Healthy weight. High-fiber foods take more time to chew. This gives your body more time to recognize that you are no longer hungry, so do you don’t overeat. High-fiber meals are also denser, so you’re satisfied quicker and don’t overeat.

 Mayo recommends consumption of high-fiber foods like beans, whole grains and fruit. While the Mayo focus is on eating higher-fiber foods, consumption of products made with quality high-fiber supplements like Sunfiber can also help.

Meet the Experts

  • Derek Timm, PhD, RDN is more than your typical nutrition expert. In addition to being a registered dietitian nutritionist, Timm has earned a PhD in nutrition science. He is also a Monash University FODMAP-trained dietitian with expertise in how a high FODMAP diet impacts the symptoms of IBS.

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