July 2012 Issue

Fill Up on Fiber for Health

To improve your health in many ways, boost your intake of fiber from plant foods, including legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.

From whole grain wheat and oats to beans and lentils—packing your diet with fiber-rich foods is a very good thing. A body of science points to a number of health benefits derived from consuming dietary fiber, a non-digestible form of carbohydrates that occurs naturally in plant foods. “Fiber’s benefit package includes the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and healthy weight,” says Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo, Ph.D., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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