You probably see some foods in the store advertised as being “high in fiber,” and you assume that’s a good thing (or else they probably wouldn’t bother saying it). But have you ever really stopped to consider all the health benefits of consuming it? For example, you’ve likely heard that fiber is associated with “staying regular,” but there’s more to it than that.
There are actually two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble (some foods contain both) – and they each offer unique benefits. Let’s take a closer look at all of them, and why you should be incorporating more into your diet…
Promotes More Regular Bowel Movements
Let’s get this one out of the way first – because it’s often the only health benefit people think of when they think fiber. While high-fiber food can help prevent constipation and diarrhea, while also helping you visit the bathroom in regular intervals, there’s some fairly simple science behind it.
The Mayo Clinic explains that fiber increases the volume of your stool, while also making it softer and easier to pass. Meanwhile, it adds that if you experience “loose, watery stools,” the fiber can help add bulk to it as it absorbs a lot of water.