Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Happy Tuesday everyone!

--Did you know the stomach, when it is completely empty, is only the size of about 3 tablespoons? The reason why it can expand to roughly 1 liter is because it is comprised of numerous tiny folds that allow it to grow in size as food enters. Think of it as a crumpled up balloon. While the balloon may look small when it is empty, it is able to grow once it is blown up with air. Same principle with the stomach!

--Many of us have heard that increasing one's fiber intake can decrease cholesterol and I recently learned why. Not all fiber is digestible. When indigestible fiber passes through the body it is able to bind up cholesterol and take it out of the body.

I know this information won't change your life, but I am all about learning the little things to help me navigate this big world. You never know when you might be able to fill a lull in dinner party conversation with fabulous health and nutrition trivia!

Keep checking back as I will have posts coming up about why I'm against cutting out carbs and how amazing our liver is!

1 comment:

  1. Yay for these awesome nutritional tidbits! This is why drugs called fibrates are used to lower cholesterol levels. Although it would probably be easier and better if people just ate more fiber!