In biology classes, we were always told about the key components of a balanced diet, which were: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals. However, amongst all this, there remains one untold component and a hidden hero, fiber.
Many people don’t know much about it, despite its key role in our life.
What is fiber?
It is a plant-based material. While humans consume it, roughage is not broken down by our digestive system due to the absence of a certain carbohydrase enzyme. Animals such as cows, whose entire diet is plant-based, have the enzyme cellulase to digest it.
What does fiber do?
It absorbs water and adds bulk to your waste. This softens the metabolic waste and makes it easier to pass out. Without it, metabolic waste would harden up and would be difficult to pass out, resulting in constipation.
Disadvantages of Fiber:
An excess of can cause problems such as diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain, hence the key is to not overindulge in it and only use the required amount in your meals.
Nonetheless, fiber has a vital role in our bowel movements and, if carefully used, poses no problem to our health.