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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What is Gluten & What Do You Need to Know?

Celebrities avoid it. Publishers try to sell books about living without it. And the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness says that as many as 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Yes, everyone seems to dislike gluten—or at least feel better when they avoid it. But how many people actually know what it is?

Here, quickly and concisely, is a look at what you need to know about gluten:

What gluten is
Gluten is protein, plain and simple. It’s in wheat, barley and rye but also exists in other products, including salad dressings, seasoning mixes, vitamins and some beauty products. Because it’s so ubiquitous, eliminating it entirely from your life can be a challenge.

Where gluten isn’t
Gluten Pros & Cons Gluten exists in grains, but it doesn’t exist in every grain. Rice, corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, teff and even oats are among the grains that are naturally free of gluten. That’s good news for people who want to avoid gluten but still enjoy foods made from grain.

Gluten-free doesn’t always mean healthy
One of the biggest myths about gluten-free products is that they are not processed. Fact is, the popularity of gluten-free products has spawned a whole lot of gluten- free foods that are, in fact, highly processed. The best way to avoid them is to read the labels carefully and look for only natural ingredients.

Gluten intolerance is real
People with Celiac disease must avoid gluten. If they don’t, they’ll experience severe belly pain and bloating. But they’re not the only people who can benefit from gluten-free diets. As you read above, there are 18 million Americans who have gluten intolerance or sensitivity. While there’s currently no test for intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, one way to find out if you’ll feel better going gluten-free is to give it a try for a week.

Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean going without
Many people who cut gluten from their diets simply go without it. No snacks. No junk food and no grains. But if you look hard enough, you can find a whole lot of health (and delicious) gluten-free snacks.