High Fiber Foods To Add To Your Diet

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 9, 2016
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Eating more of fiber can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

Eating a well-balanced diet that is loaded with fiber is important for your health. It normalizes your bowel movements, lowers your cholesterol, controls your blood sugar levels, helps you lose weight and even reduces your risk of developing colorectal cancer. If you're looking to improve your eating habits, start consuming more of these high fiber foods:

Vegetables
While all vegetables are unique in look and taste, they're all chock-full of fiber and other essential nutrients. MedLine Plus suggested eating more of the following:

  • Leafy greens – Make salads out of lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard.
  • Cooked veggies – Serve beets, asparagus, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and broccoli as side dishes.
  • Vegetable juice – Extract vegetable juice for a morning beverage to get the most nutrition.

Fruits
According to Today's Dietitian, berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and fiber. Unlike other fruits, the fiber content in berries is higher due to the abundance of tiny seeds. Start eating raw raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries more often. These fruits make a great addition to yogurt, breakfast and salad.

Wholegrains
Eating wholegrains is one of the easiest ways to consume more fiber. A wholegrain, essentially, is the seed of the plant that's loaded with fiber and protein. After grains are processed, those essential nutrients are lost and they never provide as much fiber as the original seed. That's why it's so important to choose wholegrain options! Eat more old fashioned oats, quinoa and wild rice.

Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are loaded with healthy fats and proteins, but they also harbor a generous amount of fiber. Almonds, pistachio nuts, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseed are among the list of beneficial types. For an extra crunch in your breakfast, add these to your cereal!