Fiber is a non digestible carbohydrate that passes through the digestive system essentially intact. It has no nutritional value but we can’t underestimate its importance in regard to a healthy colon. So why is this exclusively plant derived carbohydrate so important?
- Keeps your bowel movement regular
This means that your digestive system will not surprise you when you don’t expect it. This is because insoluble fiber that passes through the digestive tract has no other purpose but to bulk the stool. A combination of insoluble and soluble fiber helps in the consistency of the stool.
- It prevents constipation
People who consumer a lot of this in their diet have much lower rates of constipation. It helps control water content in stool. If the stool is too dry, fiber retains fluid and makes the stool soft. If the stool is too runny, it has the ability to absorb excess water so to add form to the stool.
- Fiber is a prebiotic
This is not a robot term. It simply means that these fibers are fermented in the colon by some beneficial bacteria. The product of this fermentation is really healthy to the lining of your colon. This helps prevent inflammatory diseases such as colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. The fermentation also produces an acidic milieu which kills illness causing bacteria.
- It gives fuel to colon cells
When fiber is digested by the bacteria it also produces a byproduct called short-chain fatty acid that acts as a fuel source. The byproducts give the colon cells the fuel needed to carry out metabolic activities and thus promote colon health.
- Can prevent colon cancer
Studies beginning from the early 1970’s have proposed that healthy intake of fiber reduces the risk of colon cancer. Other research has shown that it protects against other forms of cancer.