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    High-fiber foods

    Dietary fiber- self-care

    Fiber is a substance found in plants. Dietary fiber -- the kind you eat -- is found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. Your body cannot digest fiber, so it passes through your intestines quickly.

    Function

    Dietary fiber adds bulk to your diet. Because it makes you feel full faster, it can help you control weight.

    High fiber diets can also help with constipation. If you have diverticulitis, some types of fiber can make your symptoms worse. Talk to your doctor.

    What to Expect at Home

    Slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet. If you have bloating or gas, you probably have eaten too much and need to reduce the amount of fiber you eat for a few days.

    You should eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. To get more into your diet, eat different types of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. You will also need to read food labels carefully to see how much fiber they have. Choose foods that have higher amounts of fiber.

    Vegetables, Legumes, and Nuts

    Vegetables are a major source of fiber. Eat more:

    • Lettuce, Swiss chard, raw carrots, and spinach
    • Tender cooked vegetables, such as asparagus, beets, mushrooms, turnips, and pumpkin
    • Broccoli, artichokes, squashes, sweet potatoes, and string beans
    • Vegetable juices

    You can also get more fiber by eating:

    • Legumes, such as lentils, black beans, split peas, kidney beans, lima beans, and chickpeas
    • Sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios nuts, and pecans

    Fruits

    Fruits are another good source of fiber. Eat more:

    • Apples and bananas
    • Peaches and pears
    • Tangerines, prunes, and berries
    • Figs and other dried fruits

    Grains

    Grains are another important source of dietary fiber. Eat more:

    • Hot cereals, such as oatmeal, farina, and Cream of Wheat
    • Whole-grain breads (whole wheat or whole rye)
    • Brown rice
    • Popcorn
    • High-fiber cereals (such as bran, shredded wheat, Grape Nuts, Ry Krisp, and puffed wheat)
    • Whole-wheat pastas
    • Bran muffins

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            Review Date: 11/12/2012

            Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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