I think too much fiber is bad. For me personally, i get bloated if i eat too much fibrous fruits, veggies and nuts. Is fiber as important as the mainstream says it is. Is it necessary in high amounts?
asked byyemel (608)
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on September 18, 2012
at 06:58 PM
Fiber is not an obligate nutrient. So in that sense, no it is not important. You will live just fine without it. Your bowels will adjust to a low fiber diet if that is what you choose. It does however in fruit slow the absorption of sugars. This blunts the insulin response and it is a good thing. I guess the answer is one of your perspective.
on September 19, 2012
at 06:29 AM
I must disagree with John Sorrentino. Soluble fibre/resistant starch is food for intestinal bacteria. Without it, the production of SCFA's in the colon is limited and gut health compromised. I don't believe a lot is necessary (certainly dietary guidelines are too high) but for optimal health, some certainly is.
Melissa McEwen has blogged a lot about this.