Dietary Fiber – Benefits for Athletes
Dietary fiber is an essential part of a balanced diet and should be included in healthy meals on a daily basis. Athletes can also enjoy the benefits a high-fiber diet provides. We’ll answer the following questions in this post:
1. What is dietary fiber?
Dietary fiber is the parts of unprocessed – almost always plant – foods that your body can’t digest. There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble.(1) They play important roles in digestion and your metabolism.
What is soluble fiber?
Soluble fiber absorbs water in the colon and turns into a gel-like substance. You can thank soluble fiber for your regular bowel movements. They have a prebiotic effect, which means they provide nutrients to intestinal bacteria, protect intestinal mucosa, and ensure healthy gut flora.
Soluble fiber is found in these foods:
Fruit (e.g. apples and pears) Vegetables (e.g. carrots, artichokes, and onions) Legumes Seeds
What is insoluble fiber?
Insoluble fiber does not absorb water and can’t be broken down by gut microbiota. As a result, it keeps you feeling full longer and stimulates your digestion. Insoluble fiber is especially effective in preventing or treating constipation.
Insoluble fiber is found in these foods:
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