Oh, fiber. One substance that is good for staying, er, regular. Most Americans don’t get enough recommended fiber, which is proven to lower weight, lower your risk of heart disease, and help gut problems. Fiber doesn’t just come from whole grains but is also found in legumes, fruits, and vegetables. With the recent influx of food allergies, many are also under the assumption fiber only comes from whole grains, aka bread. This could not be further from the truth.
Whether you are following a paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, or dairy-free diet, you can still consume a healthy amount of fiber that fits your dietary needs. The average adult needs 21 to 38 grams of fiber per day, but studies show an average of 15 grams per day are consumed by Americans. Not only will you get more regular from eating the recommended amount of fiber, but you may also find yourself getting slimmer.
Fiber fills us up more, causing us to feel fuller by eating less. It also keeps us healthy and lean. Here are eight high-fiber foods you should add to your grocery list.
This is one example of a power breakfast that will help keep you full until lunch. Eat oatmeal with berries (also packed with lots of fiber), a dollop of Greek yogurt or almond butter, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Pair with coffee for a power-packed morning. SFGate explains 3.5 ounces of oatmeal contains approximately 10 grams of fiber.