Where do we get fiber from? PLANT FOODS! There is ZERO fiber in animal foods....ZERO. People that are trying to follow a low-carb high-protein diet are getting next to no fiber in their diets because the bulk of their diet consists of animal foods.
Let me give you some facts on fiber and cancer:
- One million women every year are diagnosed with breast cancer...1,000,000
- Researchers from Yale found inadequate fiber intake increases your risk of cancer
- People incorporating fiber in their diet, (at least the minimum requirement of 35 gr a day), have an 85% less risk of cancer
- Consistently eating foods high in saturated fat, (animal products), increases your risk of cancer
- Researchers found for every 20 gr of fiber eaten, (less than 1/2 the recommended amount), your risk of cancer decreases by 15%
- The more fiber you get in your diet, the more benefit you receive
What foods are high in fiber and give us protection from cancer...as well as decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, etc? PLANT FOODS....the highest in fiber being BEANS! Beans are a powerhouse full of fiber....and they are literally dirt cheap. A bag of dried beans cost a dollar and change....and the protection we get from eating beans far out-weighs any drug we can take. Of course, there is fiber in vegetables, fruits, and whole-grains too, but the highest amount is found in beans....black beans, kidney beans, small red beans, chickpeas, navy beans, cannelli beans, great northern beans, lentils, split peas....the list goes on and on.
Fiber not only gives us protection from cancers, (breast, colon, stomach, prostate.....) but it also aids in managing heart disease, in eliminating cholesterol from our body, helps manage diabetes, and is a great weight loss aid!
Studies have shown people eating a really healthy Vegan diet get about 47 to 59 grams of fiber everyday. Their risk of cancer is extremely low not only because they have eliminated all animal products from their diet, (high in saturated fat), but because plant food is packed with powerful phytochemicals, carotenoids, folate, all kinds of vitamins and minerals, and of course, fiber.
Remember, the more fiber you get into your diet on a daily basis the healthier you will be. How can we get more beans in our diet? Check out the websites: straightupfood.com, VegKitchen.com, ChefAJ'sKitchen.com as well as several others out there....loads of recipes using beans that are delicious! If you are new to beans, try canned beans initially....just drain and rinse and they are ready to go. Once you become accustomed to using beans, try the dried version....you need to soak them overnight and cook them for about 1 hour the next day, but you get a whole pot of beans from one small bag....dirt cheap!