On today’s agenda? Fiber. Specifically, how you’re probably not eating enough of it.
We’ve always considered our diet to be fairly balanced, but when we read a recent article in The Atlantic, “Just Eat More Fiber,” we were pretty shocked to find out that the average American eats 16 grams of fiber a day—significantly less than the 25 to 30 grams that’s suggested by FDA.
If step one was identifying the problem, step two is finding out why it is a problem in the first place. Per a chart from a 2005 study from the University of Minnesota, fiber leads to greater satiety, less insulin secretion, and more short-chain fatty acids. Basically, all of these things mean less body weight. According to the article, fiber has also been shown “to reduce breast-cancer risk by reducing estrogen levels in the blood and to promote healthy aging.” Pretty crucial stuff.