When it comes to Fiber, some people tend to go crazy. So what exactly is fiber? Well, according to HelpGuide.org, "fiber, also known as roughage, is the part of plant-based foods (grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans) that the body can't break down. It passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body." As you can see, fiber provides a lot of benefits to the human body. Thus, it is important to include fiber as a daily component of your diet, without getting too much or too little, of course.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE USDA RECOMMENDS 25g (women) - 38g (men) OF FIBER DAILY?*
The sad truth: Most Americans only get 10-15 grams of fiber per day. That's less than half of the recommended daily amount!!
BUT! You are not staring at a life filled with only kale, beans, apples and whole grains. You'll be surprised at the fiber content in foods that you are already eating. Let's take a look.
WHICH HAS MORE FIBER?
Apple vs. Pear
Answer: PEAR - 5.5g (apple has 4.5g)
Raspberries vs. Strawberries (1 cup)
Answer: RASPBERRIES - 8g (strawberries have 3g)
Green Peas vs. Broccoli (1 cup - broccoli is chopped)
Answer: GREEN PEAS - 9g (broccoli has 5g)
1 cup Chopped Cauliflower vs. medium Potato with Skin
Answer: CAULIFLOWER - 2g (potato has 4g)
1 cup cooked Whole Wheat Spaghetti vs. 1 cup cooked Brown Rice
Answer: SPAGHETTI - 6g (rice has 3.5g)
1 oz. Chia Seeds vs. 1 oz. Almonds
Answer: CHIA SEEDS 1 oz. - 10g (almonds 1 oz. have 3.5)
1 cup cooked Black Beans vs. 1 cup cooked Lentils
Answer: LENTILS - 15.5g (black beans have 15g)
1 cup sliced Avocado vs. 1 medium Artichok
Answer: AVOCADO - 10g (artichoke has 7g)
1 oz. Dark Chocolate vs. 3 cups Air Popped Popcorn
Answer: DARK CHOCOLATE - 2g (popcorn has 3.5g)
We don't want to speak for all of you, but after going through the quiz, are you not a little optimistic that getting more fiber might be easier than you think?
We might just go out and get some guacamole to celebrate! (Remember: an avocado has 10 grams!!)
Check out our video (link below) on fiber!
*https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/should-i-be-eating-more-fiber-2019022115927 (for adults over 50)