If you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes—you get a lot of fiber! And that’s a good thing. According to Dr. Fuhrman, not only is fiber vital for superior nutrition, but, it can also help you shed those unwanted pounds. More from Eat to Live:
Because meats, dairy, and oils are so dense in calories, it is practically impossible for us to eat them without consuming an excess of calories. These calorie-rich foods can pile up a huge number of calories way before our stomachs are full and our hunger satisfied. However, eating foods higher in nutrients and fiber and lower in calories allows us to become satiated without consuming excess calories.And Dr. Fuhrman isn’t the only one showing fiber some love. The Cardio Blog offers up four good reasons to get your fiber. Check it out:
Cholesterol Reduction. By trapping bile acids that would otherwise be absorbed and converted into cholesterol, fiber can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.Now here’s something I bet you didn’t know. Nuts and seeds are loaded with fiber. Dr. Fuhrman talks about in this post, Nuts & Seeds Protect Against Heart Disease:
Improved Protein Absorption. Eating foods high in fiber while eating foods high in protein will slow down the breakdown of that protein, thereby allowing for greater absorption.
Better Colon Function. This one you are likely aware of already. I'll leave it at that.
Prevents Body-Fat Storage. Soluble fiber helps the body use carbs for glycogen synthesis and energy production, rather than storing them as fats. Also, just as fiber slows down the body's processing of proteins, fiber can slow down how fast your body metabolizes carbs. For you, this means that your insulin levels will not spike as a result of eating a high-carb food, which is yet another way to help prevent body fat storage.
Raw nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients. They contain lignans, bioflavonoids, minerals, and other antioxidants that protect the fragile freshness of the fats therein; they also contain plant proteins and plant sterols that naturally lower cholesterol. And because nuts and seeds supply certain fibers, phytochemicals, phytosterols, and bioactive nutrients not found in other foods (such as polyphenols and arginine), they have other beneficial effects that prevent blood vessel inflammation.