Fiber for children
FIBER FOR CHILDREN
What is fiber?
Fiber is a component of all plant foods such as oranges, carrots, artichokes, whole grains and spinach. For example:
- Fiber is what is left on the peel of the orange after squeezing it,
- Fiber is the "dust" or the "straw" left in the blender after making a shake,
- Fiber are the "hairs" that artichokes has inside it,
- Fiber is the bran of brown rice or the brown part of the whole bread,
Although not seen, all vegetables contain fiber as a part of their leaves, as is the case of spinach.
Types of fiber
There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is that one that dissolves in the intestine forming a paste as gelatin. This fiber generally appears in watery foods, such as certain fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, etc..) and vegetables (carrots, broccoli, beets, onions, etc).
Insoluble fiber is that one that does not dissolve in the intestine. It looks like straw. Insoluble fibber appears in not so watery foods such as cereals (bread, rice, pasta, muesli, etc.) and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, lentils, etc.).
What is fiber for?
When we talk about fiber we mean this part of plants that we can not digest and does not add calories, so it is not a nutrient.
Fiber is a very special component of our diet because, although it is not a nutrient, we can not live without it.
We can not live without fiber because it is necessary to help our intestines to work well, and to excrete the food already digested. If not for the fiber, the food would stay long in our body and would rot.
Eating fiber also feeds our defenses: the famous "lactobacillus" of Actimel, which are defensive organisms that we naturally have inside our body, feed on the fiber we eat. So if we do not eat fiber, these "good bugs" can not live, no matter how much Actimel we take.
If we eat foods with fiber every day, we will develop very good defenses and a healthy body.
How much fiber should we take?
Although we can buy preparations containing "pure fiber", we should not feed on this type of food. Our fiber intake should be based on the cereals, legumes, vegetables and fruit we ingest on our daily diet.
Within a week, to be sure we eat enough fiber for our body to work well, we should take the following:
- Vegetables: 2 times a week (chickpeas, peas, lentils,...)
- Cereals: every day (pasta, bread, rice, muesli, breakfast cereals,..)
- Vegetables: every day (carrots, onions, leeks, pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chestnuts,...)
- Fruit: every day (kiwis, oranges, strawberries, melons, tangerines,...)
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.