Nutritionists and health professionals frequently extol the virtues of a high-fiber diet and bemoan the fact that Americans get so little fiber. But, how much should we get, why should we get it, and how can we get it without tripling the time we spend in the kitchen or taking a handful of pills?Click here to view the full reply on Healthy Women.
The good news is that getting adequate fiber can be a good-tasting trip down the fresh food aisles of any supermarket. Fiber is a plant carbohydrate and is found in breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, peas and beans and nuts. The less processed the food, the more fiber it is likely to have, hence whole-grain breads and cereals will have more fiber than highly processed varieties, and whole fruits will have more fiber than juices (unless the juice is fortified with fiber).
Fiber has almost no calories because it passes through the body virtually undigested, but it packs a powerhouse of health benefits. Insoluble fiber—the type found in whole-wheat flour, wheat bran,...
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