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October 22, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Fiber

Low fiber diets have a rapid and dramatic, adverse effect on both the microbiome and the lining of the GI tract. That was the eye-opening conclusion from a series of lab studies designed to carefully monitor how a fiber-deficient diet affects the ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria as well as the mucous lining of the colon.

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In the mice fed the low fiber diet, adverse effects were noted in as little as 3 days and were myriad. They included:
  • Rapid weight gain, high blood sugar and insulin resistance
  • Thinning of the colon’s protective mucous lining resulting in abnormal bacterial encroachment and gut inflammation
  • Dramatic die-off of good bacteria
  • Unhealthy imbalances of gut bacterial strains
This study adds to a rapidly growing body of science confirming that eating a diet rich in fiber is arguably the most important of all nutritional endeavors. Fiber really is the superhero of all nutrients!
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