February is National Fiber Focus Month, and we think it’s a great reminder to get more fiber in your diet. According to an article on MayoClinic.com, eating more dietary fiber can lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease, increase your overall digestive health and aid in weight loss. There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both are very beneficial, and both can be found in delicious products from Nuts.com!
Soluble fiber can help lower total blood cholesterol, reduce your blood pressure and help control your blood sugar levels. That’s great for everyone! Some delicious snacks and ingredients that contain a good amount of soluble fiber include whole grains such as steel cut oats, beans, figs, dried apples and dates.
Insoluble fiber helps get your digestive system moving, and promotes overall digestive health by supplying your system with roughage. Many whole grains and dried fruit also contain insoluble fiber. Some of our favorites include flax seed, organic high fiber hot cereal, barley and dried pears. These treats are tasty and healthy!
What are some of your favorite fiber-packed snacks? Have any special recipes or meal ideas that incorporate this important dietary component? We’d love to hear all about them!