The general public is aware that fiber normalizes bowel movements. But did you know that the average US adult and child consumes less than half of the fiber recommended? Are you aware that fiber helps control blood sugar levels? Fiber is truely is a remarkable benefit to our general health. The article Health benefits of fiber, published on pubmed.gov, gives a lengthy list of ways fiber benefits both children and adults. For example, persons with high fiber consumption appear to be at “significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.” Increased fiber consumption decreases serum cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure levels. Glycemia and insulin sensitivity levels in both non-diabetic and diabetic individuals improves by soluble fiber. Furthermore, for individuals with obesity, fiber supplementation significantly contributes to weight loss. According to the same article, fiber aids the following gastrointestinal disorders: gastroesophageal reflux disease, duodenal ulcer, diverticulitis, constipation, and hemorrhoids. Additionally, immune function is increased by prebiotic fibers. Fiber helps is in so many ways. From helping us fight the flu, to remaining a healthy weight, to preventing a stroke. Despite all of fibers medicinal properties, most Americans only consume half of the fiber recommended. Is the problem that fiber is not easily accessible?
According to Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet, an article published by the Mayo Clinic, there are multiple ways to increase fiber consumption. Dietary fiber can be found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. It appears that fiber is easy enough to find. It is making fiber convenient to eat and educationing the public about fibers benefits that is the missing link. Kay’s Naturals hopes to do both. Intaking the recommended levels of fiber will require one to find appealing sources of food that are of high in fiber and then conscientiously adding them into snacks and meals. Men should consume 38 grams and women 25 grams daily. Men 51 and older are recommended to consume 30 grams and women 51 and older are recommended to consume 21 grams according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. Click here for a list of high fiber foods to make sure you are getting enough fiber to help you be healthy and happy. Remember that Kays Naturals is a healthy fiber rich snack. Our pretzel sticks for example have four grams of fiber! To find out more, follow this link.