Gut health seems to be all over your Instagram feed lately. But what exactly qualifies someone’s gut as healthy and what types of foods keep your digestive system moving? The answer: Fiber.
What exactly is fiber?
Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate found in plant-based foods. It helps eliminate toxins and waste, prevents constipation, helps lower cholesterol, keeps us full for longer periods of time, and did we mention it contains no calories?
How much fiber do you need?
While there are many benefits to maintaining a diet high in fiber, chances are, you’re not getting enough of it. Most people consume less than 15 grams per day but need anywhere from 25-38 grams daily. The recommended amount varies based on age and gender, but typically men require more fiber than women.
Fiber & your childrens' nutritional needs
Fiber is just as important for children as well. An easy way to determine how much fiber your kiddo needs is to take their age in years and add five. So let’s say you have a son who’s seven years old. Simply add seven plus five. That means your son needs 12 grams of fiber per day to meet the recommended amount.
Our take on fiber
Not sure how to incorporate fiber into your diet? With 3-4 grams of fiber per serving, our blends pack in more fiber than most protein powders to keep you and your gut satisfied. If you’re already enjoying our smoothies but want to incorporate even more fiber, give this recipe a go!
Treat to try:
- Start with our protein powder (4g fiber).
Add 1 cup of raspberries (8g fiber), ¼ cup avocado (3g fiber) and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (4g fiber).
Blend with your unsweetened liquid of choice to get a fiber-packed smoothie containing a whopping 19 grams of fiber.