Define: Fiber

Define: Fiber

Fiber is the parts of fruits and vegetables that actually cannot be digested, however it’s of vital importance to digestion as it helps the body move food through the digestive tract it also helps with reducing bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in the body.

  • There are quite a few foods that are the highest in fiber. A few of those include beans, broccoli, berries, avocados, whole grains, and apples.
  • It helps with flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body
  • Although, too much fiber in the diet can cause bloating, gas, and constipation. Reducing the intake and drinking fluids can help.

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Trans fats

Trans fats are worst than saturated fats. However, they are a form of unsaturated fat associated with a number of negative health effects. Artificial trans fats are now banned in the United States along with Denmark, Brazil, and Canada.

Saturated fats

Saturated fat can raise LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. Consuming a lot of foods that are high in saturated fat can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation.

Omega-3 fatty acids

An essential fatty acid found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish. Eating foods that are enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and especially cholesterol LDL the “bad cholesterol” along with triglycerides.

List of Foods High in Fiber

  • Acorn squash
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussell sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Chia seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green peas
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Navy beans
  • Pears
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Popcorn
  • Pinto beans
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Raspberries
  • Soybeans
  • Split peas
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Whole grains pasta

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