MetabolizePMD: Friendly Fiber for Low-Carb Diets
As people start eating cleaner and healthier, focusing on healthy fats and proteins and limiting their intake of processed foods, carbs, and sugars, one common struggle is to maintain a healthy amount of fiber. Fiber helps your body sustain its blood sugar level. In this video, Owings Mills health coach Yvonne Bull discusses friendly fiber and how you can incorporate it into your low-carb diet. Watch the video below and read on for a recap.
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Friendly Fiber for Low-Carb Diets
- There are two types of fiber - soluble and insoluble.
- Soluble fiber is often found in packaged weight loss products because it is a bulk-expansion product. Using water from your digestive track, it creates a gel-like substance that keeps you feeling full. Soluble fibers are identifiable on labels as IMOs or corn fiber. If you were to get soluble fiber from natural foods, it would come from legumes or fruits. Both will impact your blood sugar level.
- Insoluble fiber does not dissolve, but it stays in tact in your digestive track. This is what helps it clean out your system. A study a few years ago indicated people who eat cabbage live 60% longer than people who don't because the cabbage cleans out their systems regularly.
- What fibers can you eat that won't affect your weight, blood sugar, etc.? Look for green vegetables. Spinach, bok choy, cucumbers, broccoli, sugar snap peas.
- Heating a friendly fiber, steamed broccoli for example, helps it stay in your stomach a little longer.
- Try and get fresh vegetables if possible. Frozen is next best. Stay away from canned vegetables, because by the time they have boiled it to put it in a can, they have pretty much boiled out most of the nutrients.
- Combine lean protein with healthy fats and fiber for a solid meal that keeps your blood sugar level stable.
MetabolizePMD is a new wellness program at PartnerMD. By focusing on weight management and the science behind it, MetabolizePMD will help participants pursue and achieve metabolic wellness through the latest in healthy eating. Learn more about MetabolizePMD here.