By Mica Ward, RD
Eating a diet high in fiber is a big step towards improving your health. Fiber has numerous benefits, such as preventing diarrhea or constipation and improving gut health. Fiber is also involved in regulating blood sugar levels and lowering blood cholesterol levels.
High-fiber foods are digested more slowly and keep you feeling full longer, which can help with managing your weight. The goal is to gradually work up to 20 to 35 grams per day. To boost your fiber intake, try to:
• Eat bran or oat cereal for breakfast.
• Add berries, flax seeds or granola to yogurt.
• Choose the whole fruit rather than the juice.
• Eat the skin on foods like potatoes, apples and pears.
• Choose whole grains such as whole-wheat bread and whole-grain pasta.
• Replace some of the meat in your diet with beans.
• Add vegetables to casseroles and pasta dishes.
• Snack on nuts.
• Read food labels for fiber content and compare brands.
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