Fiber is Good for Kids

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Kids need fiber to help eliminate wastes from the body and to keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels within a healthy range. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that comes from plants that the body can’t digest. Fiber helps food move through the body. Fiber is found mostly in the skins of fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, and nuts. Processed foods remove this outside layer, and valuable fiber, vitamins, and minerals are wasted. Whole potatoes, with their fiber and nutrient in tact, cost very little compared to potato chips with added chemicals, salt, and fats and no fiber. Whole grain bread contains the outside layer of the grain, while white bread has its fiber and nutrients removed. Having different types of fiber, like various beans and peas, helps to digest food quickly and easily eliminate the waste, with less chance for poisons from the waste to harm the body. Eating fresh organically grown food with their fiber loaded skins that have not been sprayed with chemicals gives the best mix of fiber. The more kids know about the foods they eat, the better they will become at choosing healthy meals.

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