Eating a Fiber-Filled Diet

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 2 minutes

Are you worried that you are not getting enough fiber in your diet? The benefits of fiber have received much attention in the health world lately. Read below for the “skinny” on fiber”¦

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest. Most adult women should consume at least 20 grams of fiber a day and men at least 30 grams. Did you know that the average American eats only 15 grams of dietary fiber a day? Whole fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grain breads and breakfast cereals are all fantastic sources of fiber.  Not all fiber is the same; one way of categorizing fiber is by how easily it dissolves in water. Soluble fiber partially dissolves in water. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water.  Our bodies need both types to stay healthy, although soluble fiber is believed to have extra health benefits.

Psyllium husk is a great source of soluble fiber. It is the coating around the seed of the Psyllium plant and completely natural. Soluble fiber from foods such as psyllium seed husk, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of psyllium husk powder supplies 5 grams of the 7 grams of soluble fiber per day to have this effect. Psyllium husk also is believed to support healthy digestive system functioning and blood sugar levels already within the normal range.  Adding a psyllium seed husk supplement to your diet can be an effective way to get your fill of fiber!