Dietary Fiber for Colon Health

Fiber is the non-digestible portion of plants which gives plants their strength. Fiber is a carbohydrate which is very concentrated. Since the body does not process the carbohydrate it has no calories. Fiber is like a sponge. In the intestines it absorbs water which bulks the stool. Fiber can be soluble (absorbs water) or insoluble (does not absorb water).

FIBER IS NEITHER ADDICTIVE NOR HABIT FORMING!!

It is safe for daily consumption.

My brand of fiber is KONSYL. I have tried every fiber on the market including Citrucel, Metamucil, Benefiber and fiber gummies. In my personal opinion, no fiber works as well as Konsyl fiber. Konsyl is a pure psyllium husk fiber. The brand contains no preservative, additives, sugars or flavoring. It is Kosher (added benefit). I have been taking Konsyl fiber daily (even on vacation and travel) since 1997. Nothing works better!

Foods rich in soluble fiber:

  • Psyllium
  • Oatmeal and oat bran
  • Legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils)
  • Fruits and most vegetables

Foods rich in insoluble fiber:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits and vegetables with edible skins and seeds
    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Strawberries
    • Tomatoes

banner

Fiber advantages:

  • Bowel regulation (bulky, solid, soft, formed stools which are natural and require little wiping)
  • Lowers cholesterol (soluble fiber)
  • May lower risk of colon cancer
    • Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Screening Trial study of over 37,000 people found a 27% decrease in adenomas (pre-cancerous polyps) in people who ate the highest amounts of fiber. (From Wolff et. al. The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2007;337)
    • European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition found that those that ate the most fiber had a 25% lower incidence of colon cancer than those that ate the least amount of fiber. (From Wolff et. al. The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2007;337)
    • Methyl cellulose is not a fiber but a synthetic compound made from cellulose (sugar). It is not digested and is very concentrated. In the colon it helps absorb water which bulks the stool. Citrucel contains methyl cellulose, the product used for constipation.