We all need fiber. You know what that is—the food that your mother may have called “roughage.” Without getting too technical here, suffice it to say that fiber consists of nondigestible carbohydrates. There are several kinds, but you most often hear of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Fiber is the number one aid to digestion. It is what keeps all that food moving through your system.Fiber is necessary for a healthy diet, as it can lower blood sugar, help reduce and control cholesterol, and help prevent colon cancer. And it also aids in weight loss. Fiber fills you up!
But there is a problem. Most people are not getting near enough fiber in their diets. Women need at least 25 grams of fiber, and men need 35-40 grams. One of the best ways to get in a third of your daily requirement is with a high-fiber cereal, along with fruit on that cereal.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this box of oatmeal on the grocery shelf—10 GRAMS OF FIBER IN EACH SERVING! Add some banana to that, or eat an orange, and you have hit upwards of one-third to one-half of what you need in a day. Furthermore, here is a cereal with just 7 grams of sugar (1¾ teaspoons). Add nonsweetened almond milk, and you have a healthy, high fiber, breakfast. You could also add some chopped nuts to your cereal.
Not sure which foods have a lot of fiber? Check out this chart.
Don’t worry about whether you are getting the soluble or insoluble kind—just make sure you are getting the recommended minimum amount of fiber each day.