Did you know that eating a low fiber diet puts you at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease -- including heart attack and stroke, obesity and even colon cancer? Obviously getting enough fiber in our diets is extremely important for our long term health.
Gluten-free diets don't have to be low fiber diets but if you're eating a lot of packaged gluten-free foods, especially snack foods made with refined gluten-free ingredients like white rice flour and corn starch, you may not be getting close to the daily recommendations for fiber.
So what kind of fiber is best and how much fiber do we really need to eat every day to support good health?
Types of Dietary Fiber and Health Benefits
Three kinds of dietary fiber have been identified -- soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and one you may not have heard about before called resistant starch. Each type of fiber has unique chemical properties and (more…)