Top Foods for Fiber
Dietary fiber is a vital nutrient your body needs for the proper functioning of the digestive tract and to help you feel full. Lack of fiber in your diet leads to overeating, high cholesterol and blood sugar levels, constipation and hemorrhoids. Whether you want to treat your constipation or lose a few pounds, including the following high-fiber foods will help:
The simplest way to increase your fiber intake is to load up on some bran. Oat bran is a rich source of soluble fiber (12 grams per ounce), which helps in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. On the other hand corn (22 grams per ounce), wheat( 12 grams per ounce) and rice (6 grams per ounce) bran are dense in insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is great for helping you feel full, for weight loss and for constipation. You can get your daily bran intake by sprinkling them on your favorite hot cereals, pancakes and muffins or get them via high-fiber cereals.
With 15.6 grams of fiber per cup when cooked, lentils are the best examples of healthy being incredibly delicious. Not only do they make a filling dish, they’re also loaded with protein and minerals. Lentils are more versatile compared to other legumes and they have a shorter cooking time.
Black beans can be thrown into salads, rice dishes and mixed together with other high-fiber ingredients such as sweet potato and peppers to create a heart-healthy and filling meal. With 15 grams of fiber per cup, cooked, black beans are also packed with protein and complex carbohydrates.
We love our artichokes roasted with other vegetables to maximize our fiber and mineral intake but you can have this amazing vegetable any way you want and reap its benefits. We can’t understand why they’re so underrated given their high fiber content (10.3 grams for a medium artichoke) but we will definitely recommend this vegetable for any veggie and non veggie lover as it’s incredibly versatile and can be prepared in many ways.
We’ve been going avo-crazy recently – who can blame us? They taste great on whole grain toast and in chicken salads. With 10.5 grams of fiber per cup of sliced avocado, there’s no further explanation needed on why avocados can create a filling breakfast. Other important nutrients in avocados include omega-3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and potassium. Sure, avocados are high on calories due to their fat content but they’re rich in good fats, which makes them excellent for heart health.
Looking for a quick fix for your sugar cravings? Try having a cup of raspberries for 8 grams of fiber, a ton of antioxidants and minerals. You can even use raspberries to prepare a breakfast or dessert with coconut, Greek yogurt or oatmeal.
Figs are different from other fiber sources because they have a balanced amount of soluble and insoluble fiber. One cup of dried figs will give you 14.6 grams of total fiber along with potassium, copper, manganese, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Figs are also great for lowering blood pressure and for preventing macular degeneration.
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