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What are benefits to fiber?

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Fiber helps lowers cholesterol, keeps your bowel movements regular, and reduces your odds of getting diabetes and heart disease. So check food labels and choose "high fiber" foods -- which contain more than 5 grams of fiber per serving -- whenever possible. Consider fiber supplements if you continually fall short of getting what you need through what you eat. Examples include psyllium and methylcellulose.

You can also make simple substitutions to replace low-fiber foods with fiber-rich dishes. Use this chart to help you put more fiber on your plate.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Whole Grains and Fiber.”

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids."

Slavin, J. , 2008. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

USDA Nutrient Database.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Whole Grains and Fiber.”

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids."

Slavin, J. , 2008. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

USDA Nutrient Database.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

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