Fiber doesn’t get the food spotlight that things like fat, carbs and cholesterol do, but it’s something most of us don’t get enough of.
A new study says fiber can help us live longer and fend off several health problems. You can read about this new study on our health news page.
I got on the fiber bandwagon several years ago and have found my quality of life improved as a result. After trying a variety of high fiber cereals, I settled on Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal because it has more fiber per serving, 9 grams, and the fewest calories, only 80 for 2/3 cup (one serving). I have a full cup of this every morning, so I’m getting about 13 grams of fiber in only 120 calories. I add a banana, another 100 calories, and about a quarter cup of Cheerios or generic equivalents for the oats (there’s the cholesterol angle), so altogether about a 300-calorie breakfast.
The 13 grams of fiber is about half what I should have (the article on our news page recommends 14 grams per 1,000 calories consumed daily, which would put me needing about 28 grams a day), so I am half way there at breakfast. Broccoli can be a good fiber source with dinner as can various fruits and other veggies too.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, there are lots of other fiber cereals, try to find one that has a pleasant taste to it (as opposed to tasting like dead wood like most of them do) Just watch the calorie and sugar content.