Fiber is a very important component of your diet.  It is essential for a healthy digestive system.  You can only find fiber in plant-based foods.

Fiber lowers the risk of certain cancers (e.g. colon cancer, rectal cancer), lowers the risk of heart disease, lowers the risk of diabetes, helps control appetite, helps maintain digestive tract health (prevents constipation).

Recommended reading on the topic of fiber:

  • Health benefits of fiber:  Link
  • Understanding the 2 types of fiber: Soluble/Insoluble fiber:  Link

3 Responses to Fiber

  1. Dear science,
    You failed me, you really did.
    As a dr. once told me “statistics lie because for that 1% the statistic is 100%”
    I have been a vegetarian for more than half of my life.
    I basically subsist on vegetables and coffee.
    I am a 22 year old female on chemo for a stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis.
    if its gonna happen its gonna happen.
    Spinach aint gonna help ya, but good luck with that one.

    • I am really sorry to see that you are going through chemo.
      From your comment, you do not specify whether you vegan or just vegetarian. If you still consume dairy, there are still many health risks associated with it.
      It is true that a vegetarian diet may not be able to save everyone, but there is a lot of evidence available to prove that a low-fat, high-carbohydrate, whole foods, plant-based diet definitely has many health benefits.

      Did you know that the National Cancer Institute has estimated that at least 35 percent of cancers are linked to foods, and that some estimates are as high as 60 percent? Foods are a factor in more cancer cases than tobacco. While this sounds alarming, it is actually good news. Because unlike your genes, what you eat is completely within your control.

  2. Andreas says:

    Thanks for the excellent reply !

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