As you pace the aisles of the grocery store, it’s likely you have noticed labels reading “high fiber.” What does that mean exactly? It is essential that when you are shopping for and sourcing foods that are aimed toward improving your overall health and/or specific areas (i.e. constipation) that you understand what your personal dietary needs are.
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Function of Fiber
Fibers are chains and branches of sugars linked together in a way you can’t digest. They pass through the digestive system without being broken down. They hold onto water which helps you feel full and regulates bowel movements. It is important to drink lots of water as you increase your fiber intake.
Benefits of Fiber
- Improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control
- Increases calcium absorption and bone mineral density
- Lowers cholesterol
- Weight and appetite control
- Prevents constipation
- Decreases inflammation
Plant-Based Foods High in Fiber
There are many fiber-rich foods that are plant-based! If you don’t already, you should incorporate the following into your diet:
- YELLOW BEANS, NAVY BEANS, BLACK BEANS, SPLIT PEAS, LENTILS, GREEN PEAS
- QUINOA, OATS, BUCKWHEAT, BROWN RICE, OAT BRAN
- AVOCADO, RASPBERRIES, PEARS, PASSIONFRUIT, BLACKBERRIES, MANGO
- BROCCOLI, COLLARD GREENS, ARTICHOKES, BRUSSEL SPROUTS
- CHIA, FLAX, PUMPKIN, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, ALMONDS, PECANS
Expert Nutritional Guidance
As always, it is important to consult with a professional on how much fiber you should consume and from what foods.
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