Fiber is an important part of your diet.  Aside from the health benefits that it promises to bring, it is also a rich source for energy.  A study conducted by Cardiff University researchers suggested that people who engage in high-fiber diets experienced less fatigue than those who were given low-fiber diets.

Fiber also helps to facilitate normal bowel movement which the body needs to expel its wastes by way of approximately one movement every 24 hours.

Eating lots of fiber also helps the body avoid developing the following health risks:

Heart Disease

Some health experts relate that foods that are rich in soluble fiber such as oats, barley and rye can influence cholesterol and triglycerides to lessen their effect on the heart in a way that minimizes the development of heart disease.

Cancer

The swift passage of food through the body, which is made possible with the regular consumption of fiber, helps to prevent the harmful effects of some substances on the colon.  This, according to some health enthusiasts, helps to protect the colon from contracting cancer.  Other types of cancer that are believed to be prevented by maintaining a fiber-rich diet are cancers of the breast, ovary and uterus.

Diabetes

The blood sugar-regulating attributes of fiber helps people avoid diabetes.  Furthermore, diabetes sufferers were also seen to experience a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels.

Diverticular Disease

Regular consumption of fiber rich foods can prevent the condition in which small pouches develop in the wall of the colon.  When the pouches, which are also called diverticulas, become infected, they are so painful.  Diverticular disease is also known to cause diarrhea, constipation and other discomforts.

Gallstones and Kidney Stones

The body's response to regular fiber consumption by way of regulating the release of glucose into the bloodstream translates to the prevention of the development of gallstone or kidney stones.  The body normally releases large amounts of insulin into the bloodstream as a response to rapid digestion.  This makes a person more likely to develop gallstones or kidney stones in addition to diabetes.