Fiber fills you up so you feel full and stay feeling full by taking longer to leave the stomach and slowing movement through the digestive system. Fiber also attracts and absorbs water, further enhancing fullness and slowing the return of hunger.
Fiber slows down the rate at which your own body turns food into sugar and then into fat and improves glucose tolerance by slowing the speed of carbohydrates moving into the small intestine.
Fiber foods offer protection against absorbing empty calories that can pack on the pounds. Adequate fiber intake can also play a role in weight loss by replacing high calorie fats and sweets in the diet with lower calorie fiber-containing foods. By binding with bile in the intestine, fiber can help remove cholesterol from the body.
Fiber by binding with bile in the intestine, fiber can help remove cholesterol from the body.
Fiber also helps promote regularity by increasing the weight of the stool.
Fiber can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal disorders, and be a powerful aid in the fight against obesity.