Importance of Fiber in Diet and its Benefits for Gut Bacteria

Importance of Fiber in Diet and its Benefits for Gut Bacteria

Fiber is an important part of our diet because it keeps our digestive system in perfect condition. For easier bowel movement and removing waste from our body, high fiber content in the diet is important. With the modern times, our diet has changed and the amount of fiber has reduced drastically due to consumption of packed foods.

Majority of the snacks available in the market have low fiber content as highly processed flours and ingredients are used but that trend is changing as the world has finally realized the importance of fiber. The consumer has become aware of the benefits of fiber and some of the companies have changed to add fiber rich products to their portfolio. Still, a majority of products available in the market lack fiber content.

Fiber is non-digestible part of our nutrition but it helps our digestive system. Fiber can be broadly divided into soluble and insoluble fiber. As per current recommendations, men should consume 38 grams of fiber per day and women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day.

Humans have 500 different species of bacteria in the intestine. Low gut health is directly associated with many health conditions and chronic troubles.

Perfect gut health results in stronger immunity, optimal weight (keeping in mind that we keep our diet in recommended levels), stable blood sugar levels and better brain function.

As we don’t have enzymes to digest fiber, it reaches our large intestine relatively unchanged. In the large intestine, gut bacteria digest some of these fibers and this helps them flourish in our gut. If there is optimal level of fiber in diet, good bacteria concentration remains good in our gut, acting as prebiotics.

Many people have started taking prebiotics as supplements to improve their digestive system but a natural way of keeping a good digestive system is to add a good amount of fiber to your diet.

Some types of fiber can also help in weight loss. We will discuss that in a different article on Husk.BIO.