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High Fiber Bread

The benefits of consuming a high fiber bread are numerous. In contrast, not having sufficient fiber in the diet could lead to chronic disease and a breakdown in your overall health.

How Fiber Works

Fiber helps flush out toxins, excess hormones, and harmful organisms in the bulked up waste. Without fiber, waste will inevitably ferment within the intestines, creating a toxic zone promoting a host of health issues.

Fiber is comprised of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be broken down and used by the body for nutrition, while insoluble fiber is not digestible and therefore bulks up bowel movements. Besides bulking up bowel movements, fiber makes them softer so they can be eliminated easier by the body. Without fiber, it’s more difficult to stimulate the nervous and muscular systems to move bowel movements on through the digestive tract.

Sources of Fiber

The increase in fast foods, refined sugars and breads, and frozen pre-packaged foods in our modern, convenience-obsessed culture creates additional difficulties in obtaining sufficient fiber.

Fiber is found in rich amounts in organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, ocean plants, and especially in high fiber bread. Many so-called whole-grain foods on the market today are loaded with artificial preservatives, hidden refined flours (if it says “enriched” or “bleached” don’t buy it!), and infused with sugar. Finding natural, whole sources of live fiber is vital for ensuring you consume sufficient amounts on a regular basis.

High fiber bread is not always easy to locate. True high fiber bread contains at least 5g (grams) of fiber per slice, something few mainstream products provide. High fiber bread imparts multiple benefits including: improved regularity, increased energy, and vital nutrients to help keep the body running well. White or refined breads provide mostly empty calories plus they are loaded with sugar and virtually devoid of fiber.

Your daily intake of fiber should amount to 30 to 40g and come from a healthful combination of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, legumes, and the aforementioned high fiber bread. Beans are an excellent source of fiber, and they shorten the transit time of bowel movements while also providing a wealth of nutrients.

Benefits of Fiber

Other noteworthy benefits of a high fiber diet include:

  • Maintaining regularity
  • Bulkiness in bowels
  • Less painful bowel movements (reduced straining)
  • A balanced intestinal population (good bacteria)
  • Increased resistance to infections
  • Boosted immunity to viruses
  • A decreased toxic load for the liver and kidneys
  • Increased absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Food allergy minimization
  • Possibly, reduced risk for digestive diseases (Colitis, Diverticulitis, and colon cancer)

A high fiber diet can be difficult to attain by eating food alone, and so it’s a good idea to incorporate extra fiber into your meals if necessary, as opposed to just eating more. Fiber supplementation should never be a replacement for healthy food choices, but should support them.

Since bread is a staple of most people’s diets, ensuring the bread you consume is full of fiber is very important. Be wary of foods with long ingredient lists you cannot fathom. This is usually a sign of the food being overly processed and thus chock-full of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and even hormones.

Types of High Fiber Bread

  • Sprouted grains
  • Stone-ground
  • Flax seeds
  • Whole-grain wheat
  • Oat bran
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sourdough (with whole grains)

Food for Life’s Ezekiel 4:9® “Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products” are an excellent place to start as they provide several truly whole-wheat breads that are healthful and delicious as well. Also, Food for Life offers gluten-free high fiber bread for individuals that are allergic to this substance. By comparison, breads that are low in fiber are usually common white breads, breads advertised as whole wheat but containing low grams of fiber per slice (such as so-called “white wheat”), and breads high in sugar or sodium content.

A high fiber diet is vital for promoting good health. Fiber is the internal cleaning agent that just may prevent digestive diseases and help restore optimal vitality. Not just for the older generations, fiber is an important part of the menu and shouldn’t be left out.

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