10 of the Tasty & Best High Fiber Foods for Your Everyday Diet
Fiber is pretty darned good for your health, but do you actually know why? Well, dietary fiber doesn't break down in your body and doesn't digest. It actually passes through your body acting like a scrub brush to your innards, which is a very good thing.
Your best fibers? Whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans, fruits and veggies. But don't go crazy adding too much too quick or you're going to get gas and bloating. And make sure to drink lots of water because fiber is at its best when it absorbs water.
So, what does fiber do that's good for you? It lowers cholesterol levels, helps to control sugar levels, keeps you fuller which helps with your weight, helps to maintain bowel health, among other things.
Now here's a list of fiber-rich foods that are delicious and oh-so good for you...
- Popcorn – You heard us right. No, not movie popcorn drowned in butter, but when eaten as a natural whole grain it's high in fiber and antioxidants.
- Broccoli – Loaded with nutrients and helps your gut to remain healthy.
- Whole Grains – Breads, pastas, and brown rice are an excellent source, “if” whole grains is the very first ingredient listed.
- Potatoes – Basically all types of potatoes are good sources of healthy fiber. A small potato with the skin has around 3 grams of fiber for you.
- Apples – Not only sweet and crunchy, they can help lower your cholesterol while protecting your arteries.
- Nuts – Raw or dry-roasted, they're loaded with protein and fiber.
- Avocado – They're not only delicious, but there are 10 grams of fiber in 1 cup!
- Berries – Well, we know they're high in antioxidants, but blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are filled with healthy fiber!
- Beans – Beans are a tremendous source of fiber and protein as well. In just half a cup of edamame there's 9 whole grams of fiber!
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