Nutrition Expert, Jeannette Jordan talks about the importance of fiber in our diets.
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The fiber is very important in a diet because we say fiber kind of keep things moving. One of the biggest problems that people have is believe it or not constipation and they want to always do things will take laxative and that kind of thing. But the inside of more fiber two types that I'm going to talk about but the insoluble fiber is that one that kind of keeps thing moving basically you're talking about the one that does not dissolve in water so things like brand flakes, things like the skin that’s on our apply like the string in the celery that type of thing. So we encourage people to get more fiber that maybe start breakfast with the high fiber cereal. And to get in maybe eight to ten grams of fiber and drinks a lot of water with that and you will surprise at how regular it can keep a person. And then there is that insoluble fiber the one that we find in fruits like apples and also legumes, beans, peas and what that does is also helps to lower cholesterol. So what we’re encouraging people to do is listen we need more fiber that’s one the recommendations of the government is that you get more fiber in our diet. And that 51% of the fiber or the carbohydrates that we take in during the day are 51% be the whole grain. For example instead of using white rice that we now focus more on using like a brown rice. There also have whole grain paste instead of you know just having the white paste that we always use to making macaroni and cheese and pasta salad with that we look at using whole grains and believe it or not I've tried it I tried it with groups of people and sometimes people can't really tell the difference so we encouraging the whole grains have lot of benefit. Also if a person going to have crackers which we have a lot with suit our different types of salad. You know why not use a whole wheat or a whole grain rather than just the one that’s you know, rich and refine, so what we encouraging people to do is to use your whole grains and that also we get lots of fiber from fruits and vegetables that is going to be the key. Studies have shown that lots of lots of people don’t get enough fiber they will need anywhere from about 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day at the minimum. And most people make it 12 or less and that’s not a good thing. The reason is again the problems with the illumination with then colon cancer. The fiber keeps things moving through our body and it does not allow time for the toxins to build out in the difference things that can contribute to cancer in our colons so we’re looking at encouraging everyone to eat more fiber in their diet. There are some simple steps that a person can use to get more fiber in their diet and one for example is if you're eating apple or you're eat a pear it would be eat the skin because a lot of people just take the knife and feel the skin off and discard it but that’s where you inside where fiber is and so we’ll say please you know with the great with the skin on anytime you see the skin on we’re pushing you to try, you know in many cases that’s eatable and so we encourage people to do that so increase the fiber in their diet. Also instead of always using fruit juice like for example if you going to do orange juice why not beat the orange because you get the whole point there you're going to get more fiber. So that’s why we encourage you to do that instead of drinking apple juice why not eat the apple so that’s—those are simple steps that you can do to get more fiber. And that also make this switch from white rice to brown rice. White pasta to whole wheat pasta, white bread to whole wheat bread or why bread or you know some type of high fiber bread same thing with cereal maybe just instead of having a regular corn flakes use a brown flakes or raisins brand or a fiber one or something like that. So there's some simple things a person can do is all in the choices of getting more fiber in their diet, oatmeal is wonderful. Having more beans and peas, you know at least a couple of tim