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Why All Diabetics Should Love Dietary Fiber!

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Every person, diabetic or not, should know about the seemingly endless benefits of dietary fiber. Health care providers and nutritionists have been urging patients to eat high fiber foods since the 1970s, and it's time we all understood why. In fact, if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, dietary fiber is one of the most important nutrients you can add to your diet.

Benefits Of Dietary Fiber:

Dietary fiber has been proven to reduce your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, cancers, bowel disorders, obesity, gallstones, blood clots, varicose veins, and diabetes. Fiber in your eating plan can keep you regular... goodbye constipation... and even prevent appendicitis.

If you're looking to lose weight and if you have type 2 diabetes, eating foods high in fiber can help you to feel fuller longer. As an added bonus, fiber may even be able to decrease the amount of calories/kilojoules your body absorbs.

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How Dietary Fiber Affects Diabetes:

Foods high in fiber can help type 2 diabetics self-manage their condition by naturally reducing their blood sugar levels. The amount and rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream is slower, allowing your blood sugar to be naturally controlled.

Studies have shown diabetics who consume their recommended amount of fiber via their foods, may gradually decrease their insulin requirements. Diabetics who ignore including fiber in their eating plan are just not seeing the bigger picture. It's much easier, cheaper, and less painful to add fiber to your eating plan than to inject yourself with insulin.

People with type 2 diabetes are often told they should lose 5% to 10% of their body weight, something dietary fiber can help with.

Where Can Fiber be Found?:

You can find fiber in many foods. There are two types; soluble, which dissolves in water, and insoluble, which does not dissolve in water. Both types of fiber are healthy and should be included in your eating plan.

You find soluble fiber in beans, barley, and in some fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fiber can be found in wheat bran, whole grains, and vegetables. Most of the fiber in produce can be found in the skin, so learn to like your apple with the peel and your potato with the skin.

Dietary fiber can also be purchased separately from food. Mix in a little when you cook to give your foods an extra health boost. It's also very important to point out that fiber needs a lot of water to work. The more water you drink the better dietary fiber works.

Recommended Amounts Of Dietary Fiber:

While adults are recommended to consume 20 to 35 g of dietary fiber per day, diabetics are recommended to eat 25 to 50 grams, depending on their specific nutritional goals. Start your children and grandchildren off right by making sure they consume their age in fiber, plus 5 additional grams. A ten year old would aim to eat fifteen grams per day.

It's never too late, or too early, to start a high fiber eating plan. Being more in control of your blood sugar levels should be worth a change in your eating habits. Even if you don't like apple peel, there is sure to be a food high in fiber that you will love.

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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.

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