Fiber has long been recognized for helping with digestive regularity and occasional constipation, however the advantages of a fiber-rich diet go far beyond these basic benefits.*
In fact, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium seed husk may reduce the risk of heart disease.* One serving of Organic Psyllium provides 4.3 grams of this soluble fiber.
In addition, a diet rich in fiber:
- Can contribute to a sense of fullness which may prevent over-eating and help you regulate your weight.*
- Can promote the growth of your healthy bacteria and the food they need to thrive, which may help enhance your immune system’s ability to promote good immune health.*
- Can slow your absorption of sugars, which has the potential to promote healthy blood glucose levels.*
- Can add “bulk” to your stool as it supports regularity and elimination.*
As you can quickly see with even this short list of benefits, fiber has entered the scene as a major player in your health and wellbeing.*
So, the question then becomes obvious:
Are You Getting Your Daily Fiber Fill?
It doesn’t matter your age – getting the recommended allowance of fiber is an important part of your daily diet.
But, do you even know how much is the right amount? If you don’t, you’re not alone. A recent survey by the National Fiber Council showed that 88 percent of Americans have no idea how many grams of fiber they need a day.
This is one instance where ignorance is not bliss. In fact, the Columbia Institute of Human Nutrition reports that only 10 percent of all Americans get the recommended amount of fiber in their daily diet. And, what’s worse – the average American only eats about half the recommended fiber they need.
But we shouldn’t be all that surprised by these startling numbers because – even if we don’t want to admit it – most of us don’t really have a good handle on our fiber needs.
- A 2005 national study revealed that over 50% of Americans think steak is high in fiber – but in reality meat has little or no fiber.
- The same study discovered that one in five people has no idea how much fiber they eat daily — and nearly 60 percent of all respondents in the survey have never talked with their health care provider about fiber.
Again, it really should come as no surprise that most people have no idea how much fiber is needed daily.