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Am I Eating Enough Fiber?

If you're constantly on the go, you may grab convenience foods that taste great and fill you up. Unfortunately, processed foods like fast food, fruit juice, and pre-packaged snacks lack an essential element of a healthy diet. Your body needs fiber to keep your digestive tract healthy and regular. Read on to learn why getting enough is crucial to your health and to find out which fiber-rich superfoods you should start adding to your diet.

Why Is Fiber So Important?

Fiber adds bulk to your stool, helping you stay regular and avoid constipation. Fiber-rich foods take longer for your digestive track to process, keeping you feeling satisfied longer after a meal. In the short term, a lack of it can negatively impact your blood glucose and cholesterol levels. In the long term, a low fiber diet can increase your chances of getting colon cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

What Are the Signs that I’m Not Eating Enough Fiber?

If you suffer from the following symptoms, you may need to add more fiber to your diet.

Which Foods Are Rich in Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans are high in fiber. However, the following foods pack a large amount of fiber (at least five grams) into one suggested serving:

Tips for Adding More to Your Diet

Most women require 25 to 30 grams daily but get much less. Gradually add these foods to your diet. If you’re not used to eating it and you add it too quickly, you’ll feel bloated and gassy. Try to get your fiber from food instead of from supplements like powder drinks. Not only will you get the full benefits, you’ll get valuable vitamins and minerals you need for your health. The physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology are highly trained in diagnosing and treating all disorders of the digestive tract. If you’re concerned about your digestive health, contact us today for a consultation with us at one of our convenient NYC locations today. 

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