Many of us know that fiber is an important part of any diet, but we’re often not sure what it does for our bodies. Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian, says fiber provides two big health benefits: "One of the benefits of fiber is, yes, you’re staying fuller, longer. It also helps to clean out the things that are kind of sticking in our bodies that make us unhealthy as well. So, there are lots of benefits that fiber can provide."
Jeffers says that full feeling can slow the onset of hunger and aid weight loss.
"If you’re starting to add fiber to your diet you want to do that slowly over time so your body gets used to it because initially you may have more bloating or gas because you will have that feeling of fullness, but don’t let that discourage you."
Fiber has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers because it speeds up the time it takes food to pass through.
Jeffers says fiber is best in its natural form, like in fruits and vegetables; however, oats, rye, barley, and beans are good sources, too.