Did you know the average American eats less than 10 grams of fiber daily and the recommended intake is 25-35 grams? What's the solution? Click here to see!
HOT TOPICS IN NUTRITION AND HEALTH
It's important to distinguish between scientific publications and articles in the popular press (e.g. Reader's Digest, Newsweek). It's not unusual for sensationalism to drive reports in the popular press. That is why you see headlines like "Multivitamins Yield Higher Cancer Rates" despite the fact that hundreds of peer-reviewed publications written by well-respected professionals show that multivitamins are important and serve as an "insurance policy" for Americans who eat a SAD (Standard American Diet).
On this page you will find some "hot topics" in nutrition along with what I believe is a balanced review along with information from other sources. Enjoy!
FIBER - Why you need it. Where do you get it?
Fiber has numerous health benefits. Individuals who consume higher amounts of fiber have reduced risk of colon cancer and heart disease and a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, divericular disease and fewer challenges with constipation. Increasing fiber can have a significant POSITIVE IMPACT on your health. Click HERE for a link to a USDA website with links which offer some great information. Here's the bottom line.... Everyone should get 25-35 g of fiber each day. The best sources are fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Here are some tips: consume whole fruits (not fruit juice), snack on raw vegetables (instead of junk food), eat beans, peas and lentils regularly (in salads or as main courses or even in brownies), when consuming grains focus on WHOLE grains. If necessary, consider a fiber supplement. Since the average American consumes about 10 g per day, if you're going to improve your health by increasing your fiber intake, do so gradually so your body can adjust. Remember - FIBER IS FABULOUS and PROTEIN AND FIBER AT EVERY MEAL MAKE LOSING WEIGHT NO BIG DEAL!!