Thursday, June 18, 2009

Why Is Fiber Important?

Fiber is a very important part of our daily diet. On average, most people only eat about 12g of fiber daily, we should be aiming to consume between 20-30g a day. Fiber is only found in foods that come from plants. You won't find any fiber in other types of food such as meat, fish or dairy products.

Good sources of fiber include:
  • fruit,
  • vegetables,
  • seeds,
  • nuts,
  • lentils,
  • beans,
  • oats,
  • whole grain rice, pasta and bread,
  • whole grain breakfast cereals.
Benefits of a high fiber diet: fiber keeps you fuller longer, helps other foods to move through your digestive system more easily, may help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

*Tip: It is important to increase it gradually. A sudden increase can make you produce more gas, leave you feeling bloated and cause stomach cramps. Also, drink plenty of water, between 6-8 glasses a day.

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