Filling Up on Fiber

August 31, 2020 | Lauren Widawsky, RDN

Filling Up On Fiber

Fiber is an overlooked nutrient that is critical for maintaining optimal health that most people do not get nearly enough of. Fiber is best known for its ability to fight constipation but its health benefits go far beyond regularity. Eating a consistently fiber-rich diet can significantly lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and gastrointestinal diseases. It also helps keep you feel fuller longer and keep your gut bacteria balanced.

The recommended amount of fiber lies between 35 to 50 grams per day. Look towards foods like whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds, vegetables and fruits for sources of insoluble fiber which will absorb fluid and add bulk to stools. Beans, peas, avocados and cruciferous vegetables are sources of soluble fiber that will help eliminate metabolic waste from the body. How do you know if you’re getting enough fiber? Well, your body will tell you that.