Dietary fiber and health

Health Corner

The importance of dietary fiber

Based on the Recommended Nutrient Intakes for Malaysia in 2017 adult intake fiber is recommended to be 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. Fiber is an essential nutrient that our body requires it is a type of carbohydrates that the body cannot digest. It can be classified into 2 categories: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber each category with different properties that are beneficial to health. 

We can get dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables such as apples broccoli avocado chia seeds and whole grains. The source of soluble and insoluble fibers is slightly different from each other. For instance we can get enough soluble fiber from barley citrus fruits oatmeal beans and peas whereas insoluble fiber can be intake from carrots green beans and whole wheat bread.

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There are several benefits from taking more dietary fiber below shows the benefits of dietary fiber:

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The consequences of less fiber intake

Nowadays people tend to take food with less fiber and more meat as their diet. Studies showed that more than 50% of Malaysian consume less than the recommendation of fiber intake more than half of the Malaysian adults consumed less than 20 grams of dietary fiber per day. In fact low intakes of dietary fiber bring many adverse effects to our health. Many conditions such as obesity constipation colon cancer heart disease and diabetes are linked to low-fiber diets. 

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Health maintenance and cleanse

With the accumulated waste materials inside our body it will affect our health by weakening our immune system. Thus body detoxification is needed to cleanse our body for maintaining health. 

GoodMorning Betox is a delicious fiber drink that is formulated with fruits and wheatgrass. Betox also helps to detox and restore the good bacteria in the body. It contains 4.5 grams of dietary fiber with only 1 sachet the fiber of Betox helps to excrete toxic substances increase the excretion of fat in the stool and absorb excess fat and cholesterol. Besides GoodMorning Betox contains prebiotics and probiotics to keep gut health that is able to strengthen the immune system.

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Name: Wong Yan Xiang
Position: Nutritionist
Education: BSc(Hons) Nutrition with Wellness UCSI University