It provides a potent, life-saving trio of benefits for people who have or are or prone to diabetes: It normalizes blood sugar, lowers blood cholesterol, and promotes weight loss. No, it isn’t the latest wonder drug. In fact, it’s as close as your cereal box or fruit bowl.
Dietary fiber—or what your grandma called “roughage”—is the indigestible part of plant foods, explains Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, a certified diabetes educator and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Fiber fits under the classification of carbohydrates. It’s the third
type of carbohydrate—sugars, starches, and dietary fiber—and is found in foods such as fruits and vegetables, dried cooked beans, and whole grains.”