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CONNECTION BETWEEN FIBER AND HEART HEALTH

Most people equate high-fiber diets with healthy digestive systems. But did you know that
certain types of fiber play an important role in heart health?

How Fiber Works
Fiber is the part of a plant that the body can't digest; meaning it's not absorbed into the
bloodstream. There are 2 types of fiber: soluble (dissolves in water), and insoluble (which binds with water in the stomach, instead of dissolving). Soluble fiber deserves credit for assisting the heart. In particular, viscous soluble fibers; which are found in oats and barley, have been shown to be helpful in lowering levels of bad - LDL cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does benefits your heart in other ways. Namely, it can help you feel full enough to say no to second portions of food and curb your cravings for foods higher in fat, and cholesterol.

How Much Fiber Should you Eat?
The fiber recommendation for adult women and men is at least 25 grams per day.
Unfortunately, national estimates show that most Americans consume only about 1/2 of that!
Many plant based foods contain varying degrees of fiber, but oats, whole grain cereals, peas,
beans, carrots, cauliflower and citrus fruits contain higher levels.

A good way to start your day is to eat a high fiber breakfast, such as a bowl of cereal topped with fruit. Yummy!