Oftentimes, people look at the Paleo or AIP (Autoimmune protocol) diet where only loads of meat are consumed. Some would say that this is far too much meat and they would be right if that was actually what Paleo and AIP diet demanded but they don’t. What people don't realize is that both the Diets encourage consuming lots and lots of vegetables.
What are some of the main reasons to consume vegetables and other plant sources? This could be a very lengthy list but we will just discuss fiber to begin. Fiber serves two main purposes and both of these purposes are quite difficult to achieve by just consuming primarily meat. First, fiber helps us throughout our entire digestive tract and yes that means all the way to the end! Fiber adds bulk to our stool and would find it very difficult to relieve ourselves if we aren't including some level of fiber in our diets. This is one of the reasons why the Paleo Perfection grass-fed collagen protein contains organic apple fiber. The second purpose fiber provides is that it serves as a main food source for probiotics that live in our gut. This obviously helps contribute to digestion and improves our gut health.
Insoluble and soluble fiber both need to be considered while living the AIP or Paleo Diet. They both serve their own particular purpose but higher concentrations of each come from different plant-based foods. So what is the difference between the two? Soluble fiber forms a gel-like material in the gut which tends to slow down the digestive process as opposed insoluble fiber which tends to speed up to digestive process. Soluble fiber help reduce inflammation but not as much as insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has cholesterol lowering properties and insoluble fiber helps remove surplus toxins and hormones from the body. They function as the perfect couple helping our bodies digest in the most efficient and painless way.
So what do we need to eat to get enough soluble and insoluble fiber? Soluble fiber is found in apples, pear, berries, and citrus fruits. Insoluble fiber is found in leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli or Brussel sprouts), and carrots. Believe it or not but many of these fiber sources are include in the Paleo Perfection grass-fed collagen protein powder! It contains up to 27% organic superfood blend to ensure we all have the best nutrition while consuming Primal Health & Nutrition products!