Fabulous Fiber

People who eat a fiber-rich diet are not only less likely to become constipated; they enjoy many health benefits beyond regularity.  Fiber helps fight against heart disease, defend against diabetes, combats some cancers, aids in the lowering of cholesterol, slows digestion, helps with a weight loss diet and prevents hemorrhoids and bowel disorders.  What a list!  Despite fiber’s fundamental role in a healthy diet, most Americans only consume one-third of the daily recommended amount from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 25 – 35 grams for adults.

To make sure you are eating enough fiber, have fresh vegetables with every meal.  Choose fruit instead of juice and eat the skin (on apples, pears, peaches, etc, not on citrus).  Eat cooked lentils, peas and beans often.  Choose whole grain breads and cereals.  Start the day with oatmeal.  All of these fiber-rich options are readily available in Williamson Healthcare dinning rooms and cafes.

If you are just starting to increase you fiber intake, start slowly, add a few more grams per day until you reach the recommended intake level.  Make sure to increase your fluid intake to prevent cramping or gastric distress.

Published by Anna Bullett, MS, RD, on July 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm. Filled under: Diet,Fruit,Health,nutrition,Vegetables,Whole GrainsNo Comments

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