Carbohydrates & Matol Dietary Fiber
Carbohydrates are carbon, H2, and O2-containing molecules of plant origin, such as sugars, starch, and fibers (cellulose, lignin, pectin, and mucilage). Carbohydrates are very important to us because sugars and starch provide the energy to maintain our metabolism, as well as the carbon source for us carbon-based humanoids; whereas dietary fiber also plays an important rule in health.
Dietary Fiber: Soluble and Insoluble Dietary Fiber
We get dietary fiber from our foods and vegetables that we eat. Dietary fiber is not digestible by our body; they are non-nutritive and provide no calories to us.
Dietary fiber can be grouped into two main categories: water-soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. As implied in their names, water-soluble dietary fiber is soluble in water, whereas water-insoluble dietary fiber is not soluble in water.
Water Soluble Dietary Fiber
Water-soluble dietary fibers include Pectin which is used to make jam and Mucilage, the sticky plant secretions.
Dietary fiber blood pressure relation: water-soluble fiber is of particular interest because research has shown that it can decrease cholesterol level, lower blood sugar and may have anti-cancer benefits.
In addition, dietary fiber is known to increase the good HDL cholesterol, a protective factor against coronary heart disease.
Clinical studies by Dr. Tapan K. Basu, Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta show that HDL-cholesterol (a protective factor against coronary heart disease, CHD) was significantly increased by Fibresonic supplementation for 30 days.
Water-Insoluble Dietary Fiber
The intestinal tract is the first step in good health. Dietary fiber increases stool volume, decreases bowel transit time, alleviates constipation. Shorter bowel transit time means accumulation of toxins can be avoided. Dietary fiber also reduces appetite and helps decrease caloric intake.
Inadequate dietary fiber intake has been linked to a variety of diseases, including bowel disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Due to their lifestyle, most of the North Americans don’t get the recommended 20 to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day that are needed for optimal health. A standard American diet contains on average of only 12 grams per day. It is, therefore, necessary for the North Americans to either eat more fruits and vegetables or take dietary fiber supplement in order to meet their dietary fiber requirements and to maintain a healthy body.
Dietary fiber and laxation
Half the populations of North Americans take laxatives to help with their constipation and hemorrhoids. Laxatives do help but not without possible serious side effects. Dietary fiber is a safe and natural laxation remedy.
One natural “home” remedy for constipation: I have found a special natural “home” remedy for constipation that is very effective for me is to suddenly change my diet. My main staple food is rice; sometimes I wouldn’t eat any bread for several days. So if I stop eating any rice and only eat bread for one day then my bowel could be emptied – mild diarrhea with abdominal pains just before a bowel movement.
Change diet for constipation could or might not work for you. Better try it during the weekend to avoid interfering with your works. Please don’t try it if you have any medical conditions or you have a sensitive stomach; always consult with your physicians for a sudden diet change.