FIBER: YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
Fiber is an amazing component of food and getting enough fiber is a key part of healthy eating. Learn how fiber is protective against a range of chronic diseases, how much you should be aiming for daily and where to find it.
Eating a high fiber diet may temporarily produce a gassy reaction. This appears to be one reason why many people shy away from adding a lot of vegetables to their diet specifically cruciferous vegetables because it causes more abdominal bloating and gas. But is that really a bad thing? The short answer is absolutely not.
We also need to think about the microbiome and how there is are significant difference in the bacteria found in the colon of an individual who eats more plant based foods versus the individual that eats more of the standard American Foods namely meat and dairy.
We know from clinical studies that plant-based eaters weigh less and live longer. And we also know that individuals that eat more of the standard American foods namely meat and dairy have more problems with being overweight and certainly more problems with all of the chronic illnesses that we discuss over and over again. The physiological explanation for why meat eaters always way more is because the bacteria in these individuals have found a way to absorb more calories from animal products.
But the reason that people eat in the standard American diet have more problems with Constipation Is the fact that animal products such as meat and dairy contain no fiber. These individuals suffer from more problems in relation to constipation and bowel function as compared to the individuals that are eating more plant-based foods.
There was also an increased risk of colorectal cancer and individuals eating more meat especially red meat and processed meats.
For those of you who may not know the World Health Organization within the last year put out a position statement stating emphatically that red and processed meats are potential carcinogens. This means that red meat, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meats have a higher potential for causing colorectal cancer. This has to do with not only the contaminants in these products but also the way these so-called food products are cooked. They are usually grilled at a high temperature increasing the risk of colorectal cancer. Some fiber in plant-based foods is soluble an absorbable and other parts are insoluble meaning not absorbed but none the less improves colorectal function.
Prebiotics – plant-based foods which feed to microbiome
Probiotics – plant-based foods that feed us!
Colon illnesses are many including:
* Diverticulosis & diverticulitis
* IBS irritable bowel disease
* IBD inflammatory bowel disease
* CRC colorectal cancer
* “Fiber Is Your New Best Friend (Diehl, 00:00)
* “Explaining Dietary Fiber” (Diehl, 2:16)
* “Fiber Demonstration” (Morton, 4:04)
* “Gassy Side-effects” (Diehl, 6:37)
* “Comparison: Western vs. Optimal Diets” (Diehl, 11:01)
* “Diverticular Disease (Diehl, 16:45)
* “How to Put More Fiber into Your Meals (Morton-Sussman, 20:55)
1. What types of snacks can you eat when you’re traveling? (23:25)
2. Would you agree with Michael Pollan, “Eat Whole Foods, mostly plants, not too much.” (25:01)
3. Is Yogurt a good pro-biotic? (26:03)
4. What can you take to reduce the gassy symptoms? (27:17)