Fiber and Cholesterol - What's the Connection?
by Van Crawford

It is also important to cut back on saturated fat consumption, but doing so without
increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your diet will yield less than acceptable
results.

Let's see why this is so true.

Foods that are high in fiber are essential for supporting health. You see, cholesterol
actually attaches itself to fiber in the intestines so that it is easily eliminated from the
body. However, this is not the only way that fiber helps lower cholesterol.

Studies have shown that as fiber removes cholesterol from the body it is also
removing bile salts. In order for the body to maintain healthy levels of bile, the liver is
stimulated into producing more. For the liver to be able to do this, it uses cholesterol.
In other words a high fiber diet stimulates the liver into absorbing cholesterol from
the blood stream.

This fiber and cholesterol connection is a powerful tool in the fight against high
cholesterol. Let's take a look at how you can increase the amount of fiber in your
diet.

Soluble fiber is only found in the plant foods that we eat. There is no dietary fiber in
meat, fish or dairy products. The average American only consumes about 11 g of
dietary fiber per day while it is recommended that a minimum of 20 g be consumed
each day.

Some of the best sources of
are legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts. If
you are really serious about lowering your cholesterol levels start increasing the
amounts of these types of foods in your diet.

Nuts are actually some of the best snacks you can eat. Yes, they are high in fat, but
it is a fat that will improve your health, not raise your cholesterol. As a matter fact
the high fiber content of nuts will lower cholesterol levels.

I invite you to visit my website for more information on healthy, natural ways to
lower cholesterol levels. This approach will give you more energy and leave you
healthier for long-term.


About The Author

Van Crawford has been studying health and nutrition for over 10 years as he has
researched ways to lower his own cholesterol levels. Visit his website now for more
information on powerful ways to improve your health and lower your cholesterol:
The connection between fiber and
cholesterol lowering is perhaps one of
the best established facts in the area
of cardiovascular health.

If you recently discovered that you
need to bring your cholesterol
readings down, fiber is the place to
begin. If you are looking for a diet for
lowering cholesterol, you will want to
make sure that it emphasizes high
fiber content. When you choose
snack foods look for those that have
high fiber content such as nuts and
vegetables. Center your meals
around high-fiber foods.
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