Let’s face it: Fiber is typically associated with increased trips to the bathroom. And this association typically is true. Fiber does help with regularity. But there are also many other health benefits, such as a significant reduction in chronic disease and medical issues such as stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. It also helps with digestion, keeps you fuller between meals and reduces the painful side effects of constipation.
And despite all of fiber’s amazing benefits, most of us don’t come close to reaching the daily requirement. The general recommendation is around 38 grams of fiber a day for men and 25 grams for women.
So how do you add more fiber to your diet? Add some of these foods to your diet!
- Whole wheat
- Chia seeds
- Brussel sprouts
- Black beans
You don’t have to eat these foods whole to add more fiber to your diet. Get creative with a blender by adding some of these ingredients in a smoothie or baked good. You can also use a food processer or grater to help if you aren’t a big veggie fan.