Hey everyone. I have been really busy recently with class work and internship stuff, so I decided to write a quick blog. A few months ago my parents bought me a Vitamix as a Christmas present. Before this, I was using a blender to make my smoothies. I tried once to make a vegetable and fruit smoothie but it came out awful. It was honestly one of the worst drinks I ever tried. I used spinach and apples and there were chunks of both in the drink. It also had a weird smell. I never tried making another vegetable smoothie after that occasion.
I am sure almost all of you have heard of fiber but may not be sure exactly what it is. The most common definition is that fiber is essentially a starch (found in plants, beans, legumes) that cannot be digested by the enzymes in our small colon (1). We cannot break down fiber. Japan has a more encompassing definition, labeling fiber as all indigestible materials regardless of whether they are carbohydrate, fat or protein (1). Now that you know what fiber is I will tell you about the amazing effects fiber has on disease prevention and colon health. Let’s first discuss the two types of dietary fiber found in plants: soluble and insoluble fiber.