Fiber is one of the most significant components for your digestion and heart. Moreover, it’s a great stabilizer of your blood sugar level.
Let’s look into fiber’s nutrition benefits in more details:
Benefit#1. Keep your bowel movements in order.
As fiber increases the mass of your stool and also softens it, a bulky stool is getting out of your organism more easily. A fiber-rich diet also may help to reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids and diverticular disease.
Benefit#2. Drop cholesterol levels.
Dissolvable fibers the one that are contained in flaxseed, beans, oats, etc, may lower “bad,” cholesterol and also, as was demonstrated by researchers, can reduce inflammation and blood pressure.
Benefit#3 Helps to handle blood sugar levels.
Soluble fiber can regulate the absorption of sugar in people who have diabetes. That can lead to overall stabilization of blood sugar levels.
So how to enrich your smoothies with fibers?
Put some fresh fruits to the smoothie. Pears, apples, and bananas contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. To get all the fibers possible keep the skin on the fruits when blending it. It contains pectin, rich with antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Don’t hesitate to mix an oatmeal to your smoothie. It contains soluble fiber, which helps to reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
Put whole-grain cereal to the smoothie. That way you can enrich your drink with dietary fiber and depending on the cereal’s brand some vitamins and minerals like calcium or iron.
Want even more fibers in your smoothie? Then add some seeds and nuts. It will satisfy your need in fiber but also in some minerals, vitamins and healthy unsaturated fats. And based on the statements made by American Heart Association, if you exclude saturated fats from your diet and replace it with unsaturated ones you can reduce the danger of high cholesterol or developing heart disease.
One of the most forgotten sources of fiber is Cocoa. And moreover, it also contains magnesium and iron. Add 2 tablespoons of it to your drink and enjoy extra 15% of your daily recommended intake of iron and 3 grams of fiber.
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