September 2015 Issue

5 Reasons To Focus on Fiber

Protect your health by filling up on fiber-rich foods—whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts—every day.

When you think of dietary fiber, you may think of foods, like bran, that help move things along in your intestinal tract. And you would be right, at least partially. However, dietary fiber does a lot more than just benefit your intestines. A fiber-rich diet may also confer lower risk of hypertension and diabetes. Unfortunately, we don’t get enough fiber—the average intake is only about 15 grams (g) per day, far below the recommended daily intake of 25 g for women and 38 g for men.

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