The Benefits of Fiber For Your Healthy Weight Loss

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What are the benefits of fiber?

The Benefits of Fiber For Your Healthy Weight Loss

Fiber is an important part of any healthy weight lossdiet plan. Dietary fiber is the portion of fruits, vegetables, grain, beans and nuts that is not completely digested. It helps to move food along the digestive tract. Adding fiber to your diet will help you lose weight because fiber containing foods are low in total calories and fat plus they are packed full of vitamin and other nutrients that your body needs. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber is known to prevent constipation and decrease risk of certain types of cancer. Insoluble fiber is primarily known for its cholesterol lowering capability. Fiber also contributes to good health by lowering the risk of heart disease and helping to control blood sugars for those with diabetes. Good sources of fiber are listed below. The American Heart Association recommends 25-30 grams of fiber per day.

Food Fiber (grams per serving)

Bran cereal, ½ cup 10-13

Split peas, cooked, ½ cup 8

Baked beans, ½ cup 6

Almonds, whole, ½ cup 4

Popcorn, 3 cups 4

Oatmeal, cooked, ¾ cup 3

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 2

Potatoes, baked with skin, 1 medium 5

Green peas, cooked, ½ cup 4

Broccoli cooked, ½ cup 3

Apple, with peel, 1 medium 4

Banana, 1 medium 3

So as you can see, fiber is found in many of the food you eat. Take advantage of fiber by adding it to your healthy weight loss diet plan.



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