By CeliAct One of the downsides of following a strict gluten-free diet is that you lose a lot of your fiber sources, as many fiber-rich foods are wheat-based.
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for numerous reasons:
It helps maintain an environment of healthy gut bacteria
It helps with constipation
It aids in healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels
It helps treat belly bloat
It makes you feel fuller for longer
It helps you maintain a healthy weight
It helps avoid complications like heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer
Long story short: fiber is crucial.
Studies show the average American is only getting around 10-12 grams of fiber a day, which is well below the recommended daily intake of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. For those of us following a gluten-free diet, getting enough fiber can be even more difficult with having to avoid grains, cereals and flours.
While a convenient, foolproof way to get your daily fiber intake can be through fiber powders like Metamucil and Citrucel (make sure the powder you choose is gluten-free!), another option is to get all of your daily fiber by adding some of the following choices to your diet regimen. Their multiple health benefits will have you feeling great …read more