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Fiber for Health

Fiber for your health.

Dietary fiber is undoubtedly one of the most talked about nutrients for health promotion and disease prevention. In fact, dietary fiber is the focus of two FDA-approved health claims that appear on foods labels touting the benefits of high fiber foods for the prevention of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

High-fiber foods will:

  • Support bowel regularity
  • Help maintain normal cholesterol levels
  • Help maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Help keep unwanted pounds off

No official Recommended Dietary Allowance for dietary fiber has been established. The American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the National Cancer Institute encourage a minimum intake of 25 grams of dietary fiber per day.

Good sources of fiber include bran cereals, peas, kidney beans, apples, cauliflower, broccoli, and raspberries.

Eat whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juice. Choose whole grain breads for breakfast. Snack on raw vegetables instead of chips and cookies.

A lot of fiber supplements are available - though it is far better to get your fiber from a varied diet including an assortments of foods and vegetables.