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Real Moms Love To Eat
by Beth Aldrich, Health & Nutrition Counselor

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Fiber, schmiber! Who needs it? You do!!

It's such an important nutrient with so many health benefits. You can find fiber in plant foods - because fiber is a carbohydrate that is not digested by the body. When you eat fiber you can lower cholesterol, normalize blood glucose, and lessen constipation.

Increase Your FiberOngoing research indicates that fiber can lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Now, what does all of this have to do with weight loss? Well, when you increase your fiber intake, your digestion slows down and you end up feeling fuller longer, resulting in long-term health benefits throughout your life.

As much as I love Grape Nuts, there are many other just as wonderful sources of fiber out there.

Here are 10 ways to keep flavor, variety and fiber in your daily diet.

1. Rotate your fiber sources. It's important to know that plant foods provide two types of fiber: soluble fiber (which increases the feeling of fullness) and insoluble fiber (which aids the digestive system and promotes regularity). Peas, beans, oats, and fruits are the best sources of soluble fiber, while whole grains and vegetables provide the majority of insoluble fiber.

2. Slow and Steady. Most of us eat less than the recommended 25 to 38 grams of fiber per day. But, keep in mind, you want to increase your fiber intake slowly, to avoid any digestive problems.

3. If it's white, it's probably not right. Whole grain foods are a natural source of dietary fiber, whereas refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and pasta) are not. When you consume the whole grain, you retain the kernel's fiber-rich outer shell, known as bran. It's also good to know that whole grains also supply an important source of vitamins, minerals, and ...    Continue

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