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What are the benefits of fiber?

Fiber is a carbohydrate, but it has no effect on blood sugar or insulin. It is low on the glycemic index. It feeds the microbes, the bacteria in the gut, and the microbes give back butyrate (or butyric acid) that then feeds the colon cells energy. Butyrate also helps with blood sugars and can help lower insulin indirectly.

The problem with fiber is that it can cause fluid retention. Certain fibers tend to gel and expand in your gut. It can actually feel like your belly is swelling, as if you’ve gained fat, but actually it is just water weight.

Benefits

  • Zero effect on insulin

  • Contains phytonutrients (healthy substances found in plants), vitamins and minerals

  • Binds to bile and helps regulate the amount of bile in the body

  • Can help feed the microflora

  • Contains small-chain fatty acids

  • May help regulate pH

  • May help regulate lipids

  • May have anticancer effects

  • Can help buffer the blood sugar response to a meal

When not to consume fiber

  • Diverticulitis

  • Constipation

  • Bloating

  • Abdominal pain

  • IBS

  • Food allergies

  • SIBO

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Bloating

Where to get it

Get your fiber from vegetables and not grains. Grains are a problem due to a higher glycemic index and gluten content, and because they have phytic acid which prevents nutrient absorption. Microbes live off your fiber as their food, so vegetable fiber is the best fiber to consume.

Last updated: Jul 04, 2023 14:44 PM