Looking to sustain your energy throughout the day?
Make sure you’re eating enough soluble fiber! Most people know that fiber is an essential part of the diet, but they don’t focus on what type of fiber they are getting.
There are two types of fiber, insoluble fiber and soluble fiber, and they’re both very important, but they do different things!
- Insoluble fiber adds bulk to meals and does not dissolve in water, so it speeds up the movement of food through the digestive tract, helping prevent constipation.
- Soluble fiber attracts water, forming a gel and slowing digestion and the emptying of the stomach. This slows the rate of absorption of sugars and helps keep blood sugar levels, and energy levels stable, even over long periods of time. There are many sources of soluble fiber, and here is a list of just a few: oatmeal, beans, lentils, apples, carrots, celery, nuts, flaxseeds, and pears.