The Scoop on Fiber

May 4, 2019
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Today's blog is written by Allison Schneggenburger, a master's nutrition student at the University of Utah.

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that can’t be digested and has great benefits for the body.

People who consume enough fiber have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Men should consume 38 grams of fiber daily, while women should consume 28 grams. You can tell how many grams of fiber is in each food by checking the Nutrition Facts label, so make sure to choose high fiber foods when shopping!

Tips to Increase Fiber in your Diet:

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! Make sure to be getting at least 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. Colorful, cut-up fruits and vegetables can be great snack options!
Choose whole grains instead of processed grains. Processing removes dietary fiber, iron, B vitamins, and other nutrients.
Make beans, lentils, or peas a regular part of your diet. Add them to salads, soups, and side dishes, or even make them part of the main dish!