Java hounds, rejoice! It appears that there’s dietary fiber in coffee.
Spanish researchers have found that after grinding, coffee beans still have soluble dietary fiber in them, and that makes its way into your cup of Joe every morning. This type of fiber dissolves in water, and helps prevent cholesterol absorption by the intestines, so this is good news indeed.
The study, which is set for publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that about 1.8 grams of soluble fiber was in a cup of instant coffee, with 1.5 grams in espresso and 1.1 grams in filtered coffee. That may sound like a good bit, but you’d need about 17 cups of instant to hit the recommended amount of fiber per day!
In other words, keep eating plenty of beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables to keep your fiber intake up. That helps your digestive system run regularly and smoothly. And that, in turn, helps you avoid hemorrhoids, which often are caused by the diarrhea and constipation that often accompany an unhealthy diet.
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