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How Can I Add Fiber to My Diet?


Fiber is a nutrient that is often under consumed by most Americans, so it’s great that you are trying to increase your fiber intake.  Fiber has many different health benefits, such as helping to lower blood cholesterol, promote regularity, maintain a healthy colon, and regulate blood sugar levels.
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Question: "I keep hearing how important fiber is for weight loss and health but it seems so hard to get enough of it.  How can I add more fiber to my diet?

Fiber is a nutrient that is often under consumed by most Americans, so it’s great that you are trying to increase your fiber intake.  Fiber has many different health benefits, such as helping to lower blood cholesterol, promote regularity, maintain a healthy colon, and regulate blood sugar levels.  Some research even suggests that fiber can help you manage your weight, because it keeps you fuller longer.

Generally speaking, most Americans should have between 21-38g of fiber per day.  The reality is that Americans average only about 10g daily.  If you would like to increase your intake, these tips can help:
 

  • When looking at nutritional information, keep in mind that an “excellent” source of fiber is a product that has 5g or more per serving.
  • The easiest way to get the recommended amount of fiber in your diet is to increase your intake of whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.
  • Include more “high fiber” in your diet such as: split peas, lentils, black beans, raspberries, pears, apples, barley, bran, oats, corn, whole wheat spaghetti, artichoke, avocado, green peas, and broccoli.
  • When eating out at restaurants also order brown rice instead of white rice, opt for whole wheat wraps, tortillas and breads, and ask for extra vegetables.


Here are some Healthy Dining dietitian-recommended picks that can help you increase your fiber intake in a very tasty way:


California Veggie Pizza with Goat Cheese on Wheat Crust (1/2 pizza) at California Pizza Kitchen
(640 calories, 23 g fat, 7 g fiber)
Located nationwide


Stir Fry Chicken with Brown Rice at Lakeshore Grill at Macy’s
(700 calories, 27 g fat, 10 g fiber)
Located in MI, MN


Harvest Salad at Rising Roll
(400 calories, 8 g fat, 8 g fiber)
Located in FL, GA, TX
 

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