Have you had your recommended daily amount of fiber today?
Chances are, if you live in the United States, the answer to that is “no.” The current recommended daily amount of fiber is anywhere from 20 to 30 grams. A study conducted by The Harvard School of Public Health revealed that the average American only gets 15 grams of fiber per day. You might be asking, “why is this a big deal?”Fiber is classified as a long chain carbohydrate that is not broken down by the human digestion system. Fiber is basically the cell wall of a plant, which protects the insides from the external world.
There are two types of fiber. One is referred to as soluble, and the other as insoluble.
Soluble fiber ferments in the digestive tract, thanks to friendly bacteria. Insoluble fiber is unaffected and unchanged by its trip through the digestive system, but it does help by adding bulk. Now that we know what fiber is, let’s explore its many benefits.