Want to fight fat? Eat fiber!

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For maximum fiber, eats lots of raw fresh fruits and vegetables. Adding fiber to the diet helps regulate blood sugars levels, which is important in avoiding diabetes, metabolic disorders, and unwanted weight gain. Eat the skins of your fruits and vegetables if they are organic and unwaxed; the greatest fiber and antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties are in the skin.

The recommended fiber intake per day is 25-30 grams. Do not forget to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day – this is vitally important – especially because increased fiber can cause constipation if you don;t drink enough water.

Fiber can help prevent gallstones and kidney stones as well as high cholesterol. Fiber-rich foods slow down the digestive process, preventing a rapid release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream.

Fiber can offer protection from certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.

Fiber can help prevent heart disease. Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, for example, can exert a positive effect on cholesterol, triglycerides, and other particles in the blood that influence the development of heart disease.

As an active researcher, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

4 thoughts on “Want to fight fat? Eat fiber!

  1. What is your take on Metamucil as an additional fiber source? Obviously, intake of natural fiber rich foods is best, but in case of those crazy days you haven’t gotten enough of the real stuff – is that a way to go or what would Dr. Perricone recommend?

  2. Dear Stephan

    Rugbrød is a wonderful wholesome food. It is both a high fiber low glycemic product. The reasons Dr. Perricone recommends avoiding most bread is because
    1.  many people have a gluten allergy
    2.  the vast majority of bread—esp. in the US is refined, causing a rise in blood sugar and insulin.

    If people ate breads such as Rugbrød, that would be much better for it!

    I hope this helped answer your question, if not please let us know.

  3. Fiber can help prevent heart disease. Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, for example, can exert a positive effect on cholesterol, triglycerides, and other particles in the blood that influence the development of heart disease. – Dr. Nicholas Perricone

    I couldn’t agree with you more on that Doc.
    Hope your post reaches out to more people in cyberspace.

    I wish many more are aware that fiber rich foods help prevent heart disease as well as other deadly diseases.

  4. Hello!
    I have a question. Every morning I eat raw oats (rolled oats or oats with sprouts) mixed with keffir or jogurts and Flax seed sprouts. However I have read a few times that oats shouldn’t be eaten raw. Is that true? Do I have to make porridge for example? Or do they need to be toasted?
    Thank you!
    vera

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