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The Importance Of High Fiber Low Fat Foods

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One of the easiest and most effective changes   you can make to your diet
is to eat more foods rich in fiber, and fewer   foods rich in fat. There
are many reasons to boost the intake of fiber   while controlling fat,
including increased fitness, decreased weight   and better overall health.


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One of the easiest and most effective changes   you can make to your diet
is to eat more foods rich in fiber, and fewer   foods rich in fat. There
are many reasons to boost the intake of fiber   while controlling fat,
including increased fitness, decreased weight   and better overall health.

It is a fact that most people consume too much of what they should not –
things like sugar, salt and fat, and not enough of what they should –
like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. That means that many people
are not getting sufficient fiber in their diets, and they may suffer a
variety of heath effects as a result.

Of course before you can eat more fiber you need to know where that fiber
comes from. Gauging the amount of fiber in your diet is yet another
reason to read nutritional labels carefully. All packaged and processed
foods in the grocery store must carry these labels, and they detail such
things as fat, fiber, calories and nutrient values. Getting familiar with
these nutritional labels is a necessary first step to improving any diet.

One important note about increasing the level of fiber in your diet.
While increasing fiber and decreasing fat is certainly a worthy goal, it
is best to take things gradually until your body adjusts to the change.
Those accustomed to low levels of fiber often experience bloating,
cramps, gas and abdominal pain when suddenly boosting the amount of fiber
in their diet. Increasing the level of fiber gradually helps to avoid
these unpleasant side effects.

Most plant based foods contain at least some fiber, but some types of
foods contain more than others. The only foods that do not contain fiber
are animal based products. That means that meats, poultry, seafood, eggs,
milk and dairy products do not contain any fiber. It is important to keep
that fact in mind when planning healthy meals.

The foods highest in fiber, containing more than 6 grams per serving,
include such healthy staples as dried beans, legumes, dried peas, dried
fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and many types of berries.
These foods are excellent sources of fiber.
Not as high in fiber as those above, but still great sources of fiber are
apples, pears, barley, bran muffins, lima beans, brown rice, snow peas,
green peas and sweet potatoes. Baked potatoes are also good sources of
fiber, as long as the skin is consumed along with the flesh of the
potato. All these foods contain from 4 to 6 grams of fiber per serving.

Many vegetables and fruits also contain fiber, as does rye bread, wheat
bead and melons. Most of these foods contain from 2 to 4 grams of fiber,
so you will need to add more of them to get the most out of their fiber
content.

It is important to take fiber content into account as you do your weekly
grocery shopping. Getting into the habit of reading labels and choosing
high fiber foods is the best way to make a long term commitment to
healthier eating.

It is important to choose foods high in fiber during every trip to the
grocery store. When choosing bread, crackers and other baked goods, for
instance, you should strive to find whole grain varieties that are rich
in fiber. Wheat and rye bread are good sources of fiber, as are bran
muffins and many kinds of cereal.

Choosing cereals that are rich in fiber is a great way to increase the
level of fiber intake while enjoying a delicious breakfast every morning.
Cereals that contain wheat bran and oat bran can be excellent sources of
fiber. The most important thing is to read the nutritional label and not
rely simply on the claims made on the box.

Many people are under the assumption that cooking fresh vegetables and
other fiber rich foods destroys their fiber content, but luckily this is
not the case. While it is true that overcooking certain vegetables can
result in some loss of nutrients, cooking has no effect whatsoever on
fiber content. So feel free to prepare those healthy foods any way you
want.

				
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