Fiber Frenzy

Author: Shannon Miller

What’s the deal with this fiber frenzy anyway?

When you see the now popular fiber commercials, you might tune out because you think to yourself: “I don’t have regularity issues – I don’t need fiber.”

But wait!  Don’t discount the amazing health benefits of fiber. According to the American Dietetic Association, fiber-intake:

  • Helps to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol.
  • Controls blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.
  • Helps with digestive problems by preventing constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Helps to prevent weight gain because high-fiber foods make you feel full faster.

Remember these guidelines for easy ways to add fiber into your diet:

  • Fruits. Eat whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juices.
  • Brown trumps white. Eat more brown rice and whole grain items, rather than white rice, bread, and pasta.
  • Raw vegetables. Instead of snacking on a bag of potato chips or crackers, go for some raw veggies, like carrots or broccoli.
  • Lot of Legume. When preparing chili or soup, use legumes instead of meat two or three times per week.
TIP:  Get caught up in the fiber frenzy.  Challenge yourself to make fiber a bigger part of your diet! Just remember fiber fills you up without filling you out!
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