In the United States, coronary heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. This disease is characterized by a buildup of cholesterol-filled plaque in the coronary arteries – these are the arteries that feed the heart. One of the best foods to eat to prevent coronary heart disease is fiber.
Diets rich in fiber are beneficial for many reasons. If you’re overweight and or trying to lose some weight, an easy thing to do is to start eating foods high in fiber. Remember that eating dietary fiber is not a magic weight loss weapon, but can help fill you up without making you blotted or gain weight.
One of the most effective ways to lose those extra pounds is to control hunger, which is usually the dieter’s Achilles heel. Hunger however, is affected by many things, including what time you eat, and the composition of your meals etc.
Here at Advanced Dental Concepts, Jack D. Jorgensen, DMD, a General Dentist in Vancouver, Washington recommends a diet high in fiber for good oral care. Eating healthy high-fiber foods will make you feel full, so you will resist eating more calories. Fibrous foods also can take longer to chew, giving your brain time to get the signal that you have had enough to eat.
How Dietary Fiber Helps Weight Loss
Studies show that most people eat about the same weight of food each day, says Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. If you choose high-fiber, water-rich foods — such as broth-based vegetable soups, salads, fruits, and vegetables — instead of foods without fiber and water, you can eat the same weight of food but feel full on fewer calories.
A 2009 study in the journal Appetite compared the satiety or fullness factor of apples, applesauce, and apple juice with added fiber before lunch. People who ate an apple before lunch ate 15% fewer calories than those who ate the applesauce or drank apple juice. This suggests that the fiber in the whole apple was more filling even when compared to the juice that had added fiber.
Beyond the fiber content, Jack D. Jorgensen says that, “crunching and chewing a whole piece of fruit stimulates your senses and takes longer to eat. So psychologically, it may also be more satisfying than beverages or soft foods.” These fiber rich foods are good for your teeth as well.
Fiber rich foods such as apples are considered natures toothbrush because the dense food helps brush away bacteria build up when you eat them.
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