I received a question the other day from Brandon asking:
“I read that eating fiber is good for your health, especially lowering cholesterol. Unfortunately, after about a month of having more fiber, I didn’t see much of an improvement in my cholesterol levels. Should I stop having the fiber or is there a special type of fiber that lowers cholesterol or is this just another big fat lie?… Please help, I don’t want to waste my money and time.”
Well, this is hard for me to answer accurately in regards to Brandon’s situation because:
- I don’t know what his before and after blood tests were…
- How much fiber he was having daily…
- What kind of fiber he was having…
First of all, fiber is good and most people don’t get enough fiber. It’s good for your overall health, cholesterol and lipid levels, weight loss, blood sugar, and colon health, just to name a few benefits.
However, how much fiber you eat daily matters, as does the type of fiber.
- Soluble vs insoluble
- Natural (found in foods) vs supplements
And thus, if you are consuming the wrong kinds, in the wrong ratios and amounts, then yes – fiber can be a waste of time and money. In fact, it can even be bad for your health due to the irritation it can cause your colon… in addition to causing gas, bloating and indigestion.
However, generally speaking – I suggest most people to add in more fiber into their diets. It’s very important.
And because of this, I have another article that I’ve already done specifically about this topic — the CORRECT way to use fiber to lower your cholesterol and improve your health.