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There's one magic substance that will help with America's gut problems

Because you're almost certainly not getting enough of it.
Bowls of beans

Beans are extremely high in fiber.

You've probably been told you should eat more fiber. But despite a broad-spectrum recommendation for the roughage, researchers can’t say for certain why it’s so good for us, what diseases it actually helps prevent, or how exactly we should consume it. Here’s what we do know:

First, what is fiber?

Broadly speaking, fiber is any carbohydrate that our bodies can’t digest. When we eat food, our digestive systems use various enzymes to break down the . The resulting energy keeps our bodies running. Much of what’s left over consists of carbohydrates that we lack the enzymes necessary to digest. Most of that is what

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