Include vegetable fiber in your diet Include vegetable fiber in your diet

An essential nutrient for regulating the digestive tract and preventing chronic diseases. Find out which foods are high in vegetable fiber.

Vegetables are usually a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. They also have many other properties that provide nutritional benefits, such as fiber, a substance of plant origin that cannot be digested by the enzymes of the human digestive tract.

According to an article in the Revista Cubana de Salud Pública (Cuban Journal of Public Health) and circulated by Scielo, including vegetable (or dietary) fiber in a person’s daily diet seems to play an important role in the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

“It is well established that a diet abundant in grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, as well as the practice of physical exercise, is favorable in the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses,” states the study.

Gastrolab adds that it can lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides, promote weight loss, and prevent constipation. It is also quite versatile as it can be found in juices, smoothies, soups, or salads, to mention a few.

If you want to increase you vegetable fiber intake, the following foods have high vegetable fiber content:

  • Apples, pears, strawberries, avocado, plantain, carrots, radishes, lentils, spinach, beans, chickpeas, quinoa, oatmeal, dark chocolate.

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