Eat More Fiber!

Why eat more fiber? For starters, insoluble fiber decreases the risk of colon cancer and other gastrointestinal problems like constipation. Soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol.

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich sources of fiber. Legumes (beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts) are especially good sources of fiber. Breakfast cereals can also be a good source. Look for bran cereals, shredded wheat, and low fat granolas. Read labels to make sure you aren’t getting too much sugar or fat along with the high level of fiber your body needs.

The recommended daily allowance for fiber is 25 grams. How much fiber do you get in a typical day? By reading food labels, you can figure it out. If your fiber intake is low, which high fiber foods can you add to your diet to boost it?