Armor Against E. Coli: Fiber


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Fiber is fab. You already eat it to stay regular and to feel fuller longer. Now there’s another reason: gut protection. 

Bacteria Bound

In a lab study, researchers exposed a variety of foods to several strains of E. coli and Salmonella. The results? The bacteria adhered to fibrous foods — like pumpkin, artichoke, and flax. A good thing, because if the bacteria latches on to intestinal tissues instead, it might have some gut-churning consequences.

 

Fun Fiber Facts

Here are a couple more fabulous fiber finds:

It fuels weight loss. Because it digests slowly, it puts off hunger pangs.

 

It may lower the odds of endometrial cancer by as much as 20 percent.

 

Believe it or not, enjoying a fiberful diet — especially at breakfast — can reduce your calorie intake for up to 18 hours a day. And it helps control blood sugar and lower insulin levels. Although you should aim for 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day, avoid adding it all at once or you’ll produce more gas than a Saudi oil field, say the doctors. Start with an additional 1 to 2 grams of dietary fiber — the amount in a slice of whole-grain bread or 1/2 cup of green beans — at and between meals and slowly increase from there.

 

So enjoy the benefits of fiber! Cancer fighter, defends against E. Coli and Fat Buster!

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