MMA Diet 101: Fiber
In this week's MMA Diet 101, Fighting Insider will tell you why eating real foods are way healthier that the processed ones.
Fiber is being made sexy by most nutritional product advertisements. The commercials usually present the known health information that fiber will help your spend less time on the toilet, and more time either playing golf with the guys or being sexily shaped liked the curved containers. However, fiber supplements should only be used if you simply can’t acquire enough from real foods. They are often highly processed which may result to excessive laxative effects, stomach bloating or interference with the body’s natural food break down process and nutrient absorption.
But what if fiber anyway? It is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Aside from relieving constipation, it can also lessen the risk of heart disease and type 2 Diabetes. Hence, eating whole fruit instead of drinking fruit juice is highly recommended. In addition to this, whole grain is way better than the “enhanced” one. Therefore, a MMA fighter who is aware of his food labels and company intentions will result to a healthier and more meaningful diet. More over, having a regular bowel routine means that your body is adequately removing waste product. This can make an athlete carry more muscles in his frame rather than fat.
The current recommendation is to acquire 20 grams of fiber from real foods everyday, based on caloric intake. So the more calories you take in, the more your fiber needs will have to increase. And as fiber increased in your diet, so should your water intake. Bear in mind also that there are two categories for fiber — the soluble and insoluble. Both have their benefits but varying impact on human health, so always have the following list handy and incorporate them into your diet.
- Oatmeal, oatbran
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried peas
- Whole wheat bread
- Brown rice
- Whole grain breakfast cereals
- Wheat bran