This Month: Focus on Fiber

2 Jan

This Month: Focus on Fiber

Looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick with as much as it sticks with you?

Well luck for you – January is National Fiber Focus Month.

Why all the fuss about fiber? On top of its heart health, blood sugar and cancer fighting benefits – fiber helps you stay full, or satiated. Full people are less hungry – and less hunger means you’ll eat less unnecessary calories that lead to or sustain unwanted weight gain.

The best ways to bulk up with fiber? Stay away from fake fiber foods – those traditionally low-fiber foods that have had plant fibers (isolated fibers) added into them (think high fiber ice cream bars and yogurt).

Instead, look for naturally occurring types of fiber – also called intact fiber,  that you can find in:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes like lentils and dried peas and beans

If you’re not sure how much fiber you need each day, check out this Fiber Calculator from the National Fiber Council – and get your year started off on a satiated foot!

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