When researching ways to improve your diet, you may come across certain terms that are part of everyday speech. These can include antioxidants (like we wrote about in a recent blog post), vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber. But even though these are terms in which most people are familiar, what do they mean? Today, we’ll discuss fiber and how it can improve your health in real life terms so you can understand the importance of the benefits it provides.
Types of Fiber
Fiber is found in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains and can be classified into two distinct categories: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber remains in its fibrous state when water is added to it. Although most plant-based foods will contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, these foods will generally be much higher in one of the two types of fiber than the other.
The Benefits of Soluble Fiber
Soluble fiber becomes gelatinous when mixed with water and is most frequently found in oatmeal, nuts, legumes, apples, and berries. Its health benefits include:
- Cardiovascular protection – Soluble fiber can latch onto cholesterol particles and carry them out of the body. This increases the health of the heart and circulatory system.
- Blood sugar moderation – Because the body cannot absorb much soluble fiber, it does not produce spikes in blood sugar during or after digestion. This is beneficial to everyone, particularly people who have diabetes.
- Weight Management – Soluble fiber can increase feelings of fullness, allowing you to eat less and lose weight.
- The Benefits of Insoluble Fiber
- Insoluble fiber is most frequently found in the seeds and peels of fruits. Whole-wheat bread and brown rice, which are processed less than white breads and rice, are also good sources. The benefits of insoluble fiber include:
- Weight Loss – Just like soluble fiber, insoluble fiber slows down digestion and increases feelings of fullness.
- Digestion Aid – A diet high in insoluble fiber can keep you more regular and help you avoid bowel-related problems.
Sweeten High Fiber Sour Fruits with MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablets
Many of the foods that are high in fiber are fruits like apples, berries, and citrus fruits. Although these fruits provide a myriad of health benefits, people might be hesitant to eat them frequently because of their sour and acidic taste. One way to minimize their sourness is to add sugar to these fruits, but that compromises the benefits they offer. A second all-natural, healthy way to improve the tastes of sour foods like fruits is using MiraBurst Miracle Berry products. Miracle berries are taste modifiers that contain the glycoprotein Miraculin. Simply let a miracle berry tablet dissolve on your tongue, allowing the Miraculin to interact with your tongue’s taste receptors, and sour foods will taste sweet for up to 90 minutes. Try some today and start enjoying a nutritious diet that can boost your health.