In Rod Stewart’s hit song, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” he sings, “If you think I’m sexy…. And you really need me, come on baby tell me so.” I realize that this is a quasi-love song but, in my world, it could be written about one of our best friends…fiber!
“FIBER?” I hear you laughing and maybe even thinking I have finally stepped over the edge! Hear me out and you will see why all of us should write a love song about FIBER!
So, what is this love affair with fiber all about? Fiber is naturally occurring carbohydrates found in whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts and seeds. You will not find fiber in any animal products. Synthetic or processed fiber is often added to products, e.g., yogurt with added fiber. As you may recall from one of my previous blogs, we have discussed the differences, benefits, and caveats of processed vs. unprocessed foods. Fiber is no exception.