by Annie Ryu, Founder & CEO
The New Year is a great time to get clear on what you want to achieve over the next several months. At The Jackfruit Company, we have high hopes for 2016.
Not only is it our second year on shelves, 2016 is also the year we aspire to redefine meat. I believe it’s time to take a closer look at the center of our plates. And I’m not alone: 65% of consumers are looking to increase their consumption of fruits and veggies. What’s more, 59% want to eat more fiber.
Fiber alone contains no calories, but it’s a vital part of a healthy diet.
- Fiber aids in weight loss by controlling hunger and satiating appetites
- Fiber plays a key role in gut health, digestion & regularity
- Fiber helps control blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol
- Fiber can guard against disease and illnesses
With such great health benefits, why is the American diet devoid of fiber?
Most Americans are getting ample protein (some would argue too much, in fact). There’s also plenty of great-tasting carbs on the plate, like pasta and potatoes, as well as hearty doses of fat.
The next time you sit down to eat, look at your plate. Can you spot your fiber source?
One of my big goals for 2016 is to have jackfruit be more widely available, because it’s a low-calorie and sustainable food that not only has a satisfying meaty texture but offers, in a single serving, more than 20% of the recommended daily value of fiber!
Most Americans eat only 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day, when the daily recommendation of fiber is between 25 and 38 grams per day. Let’s face it, that’s not enough. Not when fiber plays such a key role in a healthy diet.
According to The Journal of Nutrition, eating fiber-rich foods can increase satiety and help weight management. Not only does fiber make you feel fuller longer, fiber also aids in digestion, ensuring your body is eliminating waste.
From chili and jackfruit tacos to rice bowls and omelets, our jackfruit products offer a lot of variety throughout the day, to ensure you are getting the fiber your body needs to be healthy. Other fiber-rich foods include legumes like lentils, oatmeal, flaxseed, and dark leafy greens.
With January being National Fiber Focus Month, I encourage you to make a personal pledge to increase your fiber intake. Start by adding one serving of jackfruit or another high-in-fiber food to every meal. Then pay attention to how you feel throughout the day. Enjoying more focus during the day, because you’re not cranky-hungry? Feeling fuller longer after eating fiber and not feeling the need to snack? Seeing changes in bathroom regularity?
I know fiber may not be the most attractive of topics, but it the most important component of a healthy diet. That one tiny action — adding more fiber to your diet in 2016 — can have positive and lasting results, helping you feel your healthiest and happiest.
Whether you set big resolutions or wish to take 2016 day-by-day, I know you can do whatever you set your mind to. I wish you all the best in the New Year!
What’s your big goal or dream for 2016?