Fiber is so important to your health. It not only keeps you regular, recent studies show that a fiber-rich diet can help you control your weight and even trim your waistline.
Most of us have far too little fiber in our diets. The American Dietetic Association recommends that healthy adults consume between 20 and 35 grams of fiber per day. Unfortunately, studies have found that the average intake for adult Americans is only 14-15 grams per day.
These findings aren’t really surprising, since the best sources of natural fiber are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans. The typical American isn’t exactly loading up their plate with these foods. But, that’s easy to fix.
Here are 5 ways to get more fiber in your diet:
- Snack on Fresh Fruit: Fruit is a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Instead of chips, candy or junk food, try snacking on an apple, orange or banana.
- Add Beans: Beans can easily be added to salads and soups, or eaten as a side dish instead of potatoes. Also, they are great source of breakfast protein. Try a breakfast burrito made with black beans.
- Eat Whole Grain Cereal: Learn to read labels and select cereals with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving.
- Start Your Morning with Oatmeal: You can’t beat oatmeal for a healthy breakfast. Don’t be fooled by “instant” oatmeal. It has lots of sugar, and “old fashion” oats only take 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
- Bake the Fiber In: Making your own muffins is quick and easy, and you can control the ingredients. There are lots of easy recipes on the web that include bran or other high fiber cereal.
Remember, every day choices can transform your family’s health. What choices will you make today?