The health benefits of a high fiber diet are far reaching and hard to deny. A high fiber diet is thought to be beneficial in managing weight, cholesterol and blood sugar – not to mention a reduction in risk of certain cancers. Let’s also not forget what fiber is best known for – improved gut motility and health. Despite its impressive resume, fiber is still an area in which Americans continue to fall short with an average intake of only 16g of the recommended 25-38 grams of fiber.
Hitting the mark on fiber does not have to be a daunting task. Try the tips below to give your diet a fiber boost:
Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD is a licensed registered dietitian and a paid contributor to the Calorie Control Council. She received her BS in nutrition from Michigan State University and her Masters and Certificate in Public Health from Georgia State University. She has experience working in several avenues of health care including corporate wellness, clinical disease management, research, and health promotion. She has been working as a health coach specialist for close to 6 years, where she counsels patients on preventative healthcare and helps them meet their health goals. Follow her on Twitter @ReynaudCari.