Fiber has certainly become a health buzzword in recent years as more and more people are recognizing its important role in our diets. Probably best known for helping to improve regularity, dietary fiber actually has multiple functions and benefits including helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. This is also important of individuals living with diabetes. The USDA recommends an average daily consumption of 38 grams and 25 grams of fiber for adult men and women respectively.
Fiber is unique in that it is not able to be readily absorbed or digested by the body. As a result, it passes through the digestive tract relatively unchanged. Widely known as roughage, dietary fiber is divided into two categories known as soluble and insoluble fiber. As implied by its name soluble fiber easily dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not. When soluble fiber is dissolved it forms a kind of gel. This is no ordinary gel-like material and helps regulate glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood. Insoluble fiber helps move food through the digestive system and helps normalize bowel movements. It is suggested that foods that offer both types of fiber be integrated into the diet for optimal fiber consumption. Because it takes the body a longer period of time to process dietary fiber, we when we consume it we feel fuller longer. This means we get more nutritional benefits for less calories!
Medifast California understands the many benefits of fiber and has ensured that the structure of the Medifast meal plan supports adequate fiber intake. You can rest at ease knowing that our doctor-developed formula includes a balance of protein and fiber that helps keep you feeling full and satisfied, along with 24 vitamins and minerals so you lose pounds, not nutrition. Medifast Meals are ready to eat right out of the package or mix up easily with water for portable convenience. Medifast California oatmeal is one great example which is packed with heart healthy fiber and brimming with flavor. With multiple delicious flavors our oatmeal is a perfect, hearty start to your day! There are far more dietary fiber sources than you may think and multiple ways to incorporate it into your diet. In fact, Medifast California’s unique meal replacements are soy-based and soybeans are a good source of fiber. Our collection of diverse recipes offers inspiring options for keeping your diet fiber-friendly while appealing to your palette. Providing 5 grams of fiber, the Bruschetta Eggplant with Tofu dish, serves two and cooks in just 25 minutes. Combine tofu, eggplant, plum tomatoes, scallions and herbs and seasonings for a savory delight that is sure to please!
Getting the recommended amount of dietary fiber into your diet shouldn’t to be a chore! Let Medifast California’s tried and tested method do all the work for you so you can enjoy eating healthy!