As you probably already know, most people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. If you fit into this category, you’re missing out. Why? Because fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber, and fiber is important for many reasons. Not only does fiber decrease your risk for disease, it can also reduce the number of calories you absorb from foods.
It’s definitely a good idea to add fiber to your meals - and it is filling because it absorbs water as it moves through your digestive tract. Most dietary fiber comes from plants, particularly legumes (beans), whole fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, oats and bran.
If you are not eating enough fiber, simply begin by adding one piece of fruit to your daily intake. Then maybe add a side salad to your dinner. You can even choose an all fiber cereal for breakfast. Whether it’s fruit, vegetable or cereal, add more fiber to your diet. It’s another step toward a healthy, strong body.
Note: It is recommended that you get 14 grams of dietary fiber for every 1,000 calories that you consume each day.