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Fiber Facts

Emily Hurd | Jan 10 2020 | Tags: Health & Wellness

A diet consisting of enough fiber is beneficial to your health in a variety of ways.

Consuming soluble fiber can protect against heart disease, promotes good gut health, and can contribute significantly to your body weight management.

Fiber is also important to include in your diet if you are diabetic, as it can help slow the absorption of sugar, helping to prevent spikes after meals.

For people who have been recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, changing your diet and including fiber will help you with your weight and also to reduce your cholesterol.

There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. 

Soluble fiber is the type of fiber that dissolves in water, changing as it travels through the digestive system.

As it absorbs water it turns gelatinous. 

Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber that does not dissolve in water, and doesn't change form as it travels through the digestive tract.

In general, you shouldn't be too worried about the type of fiber, but more focused on the amount of fiber you get in your daily diet.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, they recommend that women get 25 grams of fiber per day, and that for men the recommended amount of fiber is 38 grams.

Once you reach the age of 50, the amount of fiber recommended is reduced.

The recommended amount of fiber for women is 21 grams, and for men they recommend 30 grams of fiber.

Having a smoothie a day is the perfect way to help get the recommended amount of daily fiber in your diet.

Our Green Super Smoothie has 5 grams of dietary fiber.

Some of our regular smoothie drinking members have reported being more regular within 3 days of having a daily Super Smoothie.

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Emily is the Director of Member Experience at SmoothieBox and loves creating new recipes to share with our smoothie community. She gets help and ideas from her two toddlers, especially if it involves our Green Super Smoothie. In her spare time she can be found outside with family.

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