What is Fiber?
The Institute Of Medicine defines functional fibers as non-digestible carbohydrates that have been isolated or extracted from a natural plant or animal source, or they may be manufactured or synthesized.
Dietary fiber, the indigestible part of plant material, is made up of two main types. Soluble fiber easily dissolves in water and is broken down into a gel-like substance in the part of the gut known as the colon. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is left intact as food moves through the gastrointestinal tract.
Fiber alters the gut microbiome. Could be bad, could be good
Depends where you are coming from
Is more better?
It depends where you are starting and what your issue is
If you eat SAD then increasing fiber is probably not a bad idea
It’s the antidote (fung)
Decreases risk of colon cancer in people eating SAD
Decrease the extent to which insulin rises
Too much causes constipation / bloating / gas
Constipation is usually caused by something you ARE eating not by something you’re NOT eating. (Dr. Ede)
Decreasing fiber can improve consitpation and sxs of IBS
Inhibits absorption of many vitamins and minerals which is why, although plants are rich in vitamins and minerals only a small percent is actually absorbed
How can you eat plants without all the gas and bloating
FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They include short chain oligo-saccharide polymers of fructose(fructans) and galactooligosaccharides (GOS, stachyose, raffinose), disaccharides (lactose), monosaccharides (fructose), and sugar alcohols (polyols), such as sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol.FODMAPs are naturally present in food and the human diet.
Cook your veggies.
Eat berries and fruit – easier to digest
EAT REAL FOOD