The Function of Fiber

Fiber is an extremely important of a healthy diet, and unfortunately many modern diets find themselves in short supply of this essential nutrient. Dietary fiber is found in plants and is indigestible, yet enables the body to eliminate waste and maintain homeostasis. It may seem strange to think that a high amount of dietary fiber can be found in a protein powder, but when you think about the source, you’ll understand how LENTEINTM Plus Powder provides both a punch of protein and is packed full of dietary fiber as well.

What Is Dietary Fiber?

Dietary fiber is the indigestible portion of a plant. It is categorized into two different groups: soluble and insoluble. Although there are two types of fiber, most plants contain both in varying degrees. Because the body is unable to digest these nutrients, they travel through the digestive system largely unaltered. This promotes the elimination of waste and can regulate the blood sugar. It is found in most fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and legumes. Our bodies need both types of fiber to maintain health and wellness.

Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water  and fatty acids as it makes its way through the digestive tract and becomes gelatinous. It slows digestion and the emptying of the stomach which can regulate the rate at which sugars are absorbed by the blood through the intestines. This is beneficial for people of all health backgrounds but specifically for those who have a difficult time managing their blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Further it can become fermented by the bacteria in the digestive system which has shown to improve digestion and the function of the immune system. Foods that are high in soluble fiber include: apples, citrus, dark green veggies  such as broccoli, spinach, and brussel sprouts, beans, and whole grains.

Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber does not become altered in any way by the process of digestion. Because of this, its main function in our diets is to keep things moving along. It enables healthy elimination of waste from the intestines and colon. Healthy and regular elimination of waste promotes pH balance in the body as well as protects the colon from harmful microbes that can alter the DNA and cause colorectal cancers. Insoluble fiber can be found in the skins of many fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

How Can You Tell If You’re Not Getting Enough Fiber

When food companies process foods like grains, fruits, and veggies they do so at the cost of fiber. The loss of this essential nutrient has many harmful effects. The first, and most uncomfortable, sign of a low-fiber diet is constipation. Because insoluble fiber’s main job is to move food and waste through our digestive system, it makes sense that the lack of it would cause slowing or stopping of elimination. Thankfully getting things started again can be as easy as eating an apple. The next symptom of a low-fiber diet is a constant feeling of hunger and unpredictable blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber keeps us feeling full and allows our body the time it needs to digest our foods properly. When we don’t eat enough soluble fiber we feel hungry more often, this leads to eating more food and causing spikes in blood sugar.  Eating a bowl of oatmeal and an orange for breakfast can keep you feeling fuller longer and allow your body to digest at a proper pace. Finally, because fiber slows digestion while promoting the elimination of waste, it has been shown to lower cholesterol and promote heart health as well. It does this by acting as a sort of “magnet” for cholesterol as it passes through your digestive system.

Protein and Fiber

Many protein powders on the market are made from whey, which doesn’t contain any fiber to begin with, and the ones made from plants are often highly processed, which strips them of their fibrous nutrients. LENTEINTM Plus Powder is a unique plant-based protein powder that is created with a simple process that leaves fiber and other nutrients intact during processing. The water lentil is full of soluble and insoluble protein to begin with, during processing we do our best retain the integrity of every nutrient. This way we can provide you with a whole source of not only protein but the fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and other plant compounds that keep your body healthy and well.

A healthy diet encomapasses all aspects of wellness. A mix of protein, fiber, water, and plant compounds are necessary for all of our vital functions. Ensuring you’re receiving high quality nutrients is easy when you trust the power of a whole, plant-based protein powder like LENTEINTM Plus Powder