Fiber Facts

Below are a few fun facts about fiber so you can make better food decisions from the grocery store to the dining table. To learn more about these foods, and how to read food labels, tap “read more” below.

Fun fiber facts:

  • There are two kinds of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble
    • Soluble fiber comes from some fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, oats, and peas. It can help control blood sugars and reduce cholesterol.
    • Insoluble fiber also comes from fruits, grains and vegetables and helps prevent constipation.
  • Eating enough fiber can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Heart Association recommends between 25 and 38 grams of fiber a day.
  • To get adequate fiber in your diet, aim to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • Whole grain oatmeal, healthy cereals, and breads are excellent sources of fiber.
  • Drink plenty of water in addition to the added fiber to your diet
  • Slowly introduce new high-fiber foods into your diet to help your body adjust.

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TIP: Eating more fiber can decreased your risk for certain cancers and improve your blood pressure. Try to eat more unprocessed fruits and veggies when you can to maximize the fiber in your diet.

Published on January 27, 2023