Fibers, Fibers, Fibers!
Have you ever noticed tiny brown/grey dots or lines in the avocado flesh when you cut it open? Does your fruit sometimes feels stringy and you wonder if there is something wrong with your fruit? These are all signs of the high dietary fiber content avocados contain and are perfectly normal.
What is Fiber?
Dietary fiber is a type of complex carbohydrate that the body cannot digest. It occurs naturally in plant foods. Fiber comes in two types: soluble and insoluble. Most plants have both types, but in varying amounts.
While fiber is most commonly associated with digestive health benefits, it serves other essential roles in the human body.
Soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a gel-like substance, which slows down digestion as it moves down the digestive tract, whereas insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It adds bulk to stools and acts as a “broom", helping to promote faster movement of food through the digestive tract.
Best of Both Worlds...
Avocados contain soluble and insoluble fibers both of which are important for your health, good digestion and preventing diseases. As opposed to other high fiber fruits, Avocados are low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats.
Besides helping with digestion, avocados also help...
... lower your blood sugar
... reduce your cholesterol, thus lowering risk of heart disease
... promote healthy weight by slowing digestion down and making you feel fuller longer
The recommended daily fiber intake ranges between 25-35 gr to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 1/2 avocado will provide you with ~5gr of fiber in one sitting. That is 20% of recommended daily intake for women and 14% for men.
So load up on your favorite fruits, vegetable and grains and don't forget to drink water!