We’ve all heard about the importance of getting fiber in our diet. Still, most Americans only get about half of the 25 to 35 grams of fiber recommended each day. That’s unfortunate because fiber’s value extends well beyond its well-known support of digestive health.
With the popularity of low-carb dieting, excluding grains and vegetables can dramatically reduce your daily intake of fiber. Low-carb diets contain more protein and fats from eggs, red meat, chicken, fish and turkey. The thing is, these high-protein foods are all very low in fiber.
One of the ways that fiber helps you feel full is the comparatively slow digestion rate of fiber-rich foods. It’s a feeling known as satiety. When you feel full, you’re much less likely to eat more than you should or snack. Make exceptions in your low-carb diet by making room for food choices like these:
Artichoke – One medium artichoke contains 10.3 grams of fiber
Spinach – Ten ounces of frozen spinach equals 8 grams of fiber
Peas – One cup of peas equals 8.8 grams of fiber
Broccoli – One cup of broccoli contains 5+ grams of fiber
OPTIMUM NUTRITION’s FITNESS FIBER
It’s generally recommended that adults consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Most Americans only get about half of that amount. Fiber’s value to athletes and health conscious individuals is centered on its important role in digestive support. If you’re not consuming enough fruits and vegetables to meet your fiber needs, adding a teaspoon of Fitness Fiber to your favorite, beverage, protein shake, oatmeal, or bowl of cereal gets you 5 grams closer to meeting your goal – with only 10 additional calories.
Beyond The Basics
- Contains a blend of several different fiber sources
- 5 g of fiber per serving
- Only 10 calories
- Unflavored versatility
- Mixes easily