Eating more fiber is important to your health. It can help you to lower your cholesterol, reduce the risk for cancer and of heart disease. It also plays a role in the treatment of constipation, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome.
To get more fiber in to your diet, eat 4 or more cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Get rid of all that white bread in your pantry and stock up on whole wheat breads, cereals and brown rice. Consider adding wheat germ or bran to yogurt, cereal or in breading. Beans are also an excellent source of fiber.
If you are not accustomed to eating fiber, begin with small amounts each day. If you eat too much fiber too soon, you may suffer from painful gas and bloating. Drink lots of water daily, increasing the amount as you increase your fiber intake.
Some excellent fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber are bananas, cabbage, cherries, jicama, kiwi, papaya, potatoes with skin, prunes, raspberries, sweet potatoes, mangos and tangerines.
So grab that fruit and reach your goal of 25 grams of fiber daily. Your healthy heart will thank you!