Fiber – The Truth Or Big Myth


Dietary fiber is the only type of “harmless” carbohydrate and is mostly non-starchy carbohydrate that the human body cannot digest. Interestingly, in the past fiber was considered unnecessary and only litters our digestive system and impairing the absorption of various substances. As science and knowledge progressed there began many reports about the beneficial effects of fiber. It was supposed to protect against diabetes, heart attacks and some said it cured cancer. But now we know that it is what are the benefits and what we can leave for fairy tales.

A few facts:

Fiber, being a non-digestible filler, causes a faster feeling of fullness (full stomach). People who eat a lot of fiber, yes, they are actually leaner and healthier, BUT not because fiber has a beneficial effect on their bodies, but because they eat less (and provide the body with less energy and digestible carbohydrates).

Certain types of fiber feed on the bacteria that live in our colon. These bacteria convert cellulose and other fiber carbohydrates into certain vitamins and short-chain fatty acids that provide energy for the cells in the lining of the gut and reduce inflammation in the body. Another side Fiber can have a negative impact on our health, because it reduces the absorption of many substances, both harmful and beneficial (some vitamins and useful micronutrients).

Fiber also impairs the absorption of phytoestregens (and other hormones and similar substances from food, e.g. from legumes or industrial meat), which helps with estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen in the body of both men and women is not good and causes many diseases and diseases. There are theories and observations linking eating more fiber to removing estrogen from the gut and lowering its concentration in the blood.

Cereals and similar products contain a lot of fiber that is mainly insoluble fiber and does not give us much health benefit.

As you can see, it is a subject worth exploring. You hear so often that too much fiber can bring us more harm than good. But if you have just the right amount your body will thank you!

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Kale Grail and All its Benefits


By now, you've probably heard all the clever catch phrases. "Kale is king." Kale is the "queen of green." And of course this one: Kale is the "superfood of the stars."

Kale Grail and All its Benefits Yes, kale is enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity, but it wasn't always so popular. Prior to 2011, when actress Gwenyth Paltrow introduced mainstream America to the leafy green vegetable by making kale chips on national television, most people didn't care much for kale.

But if it's good enough for a huge, health-obsessed celebrity like Paltrow, it's got to be good enough for everyone else, right?

Right!

Since its appearance on national television, kale has become the nation's vegetable Grail–the ultimate superfood for people committed healthy eating, living right and weight loss.

A quick look at some of kale's inherent benefits shows that its current status as the go-to health food is well deserved:

  • Kale is low in calories and high in fiber. One cup of the leafy green vegetable has just 36 calories and five grams of fiber, meaning you can eat a lot, feel full and not worry about gaining weight. That's a perfect recipe for weight loss.
  • Kale is good for your joints. One cup of kale delivers an impressive 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disorders and other health issues that can keep you from exercising. And as you know, exercise is a critical component to weight loss.
  • Kale is all about antioxidants. Carotenoids and flavonoids help fight cancer–and kale is chock full of both.
  • Kale makes you look better. Want to look in the mirror and see vibrant, clear skin? Eat more kale. It's full of vitamin A, which helps your vision and your skin.
  • Kale is good for your cardiovascular system. You're all about weight loss, right? That's why you work out. Believe it or not, kale can help you maximize the benefits of your workouts because it helps lower your blood pressure, which means you'll breathe easier when you're on the treadmill or bike.
  • Kale actually tastes great. This is important.