Thursday, November 28, 2013

The average American is not consuming enough fiber. People are consuming far too many highly processed foods, which robs food of its natural fiber. There are many health benefits to dietary fiber, as Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You probably know that fiber is important to good health, but how do you know if you are getting enough? Most Americans dont. On average, women need 25 grams and men should get 38 grams of fiber per day. Studies show that a diet with the right amount of fiber can help lower the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and obesity.

Foods high in fiber make you feel full longer and curb overeating. High-fiber foods are filling; they stay longer in your stomach. They also help maintain regular bowel movements. Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and nuts are all naturally rich in fiber.

There are many ways you can add fiber to your diet. Add beans to soups and stews. Choose whole grain breads and pastas. Opt for brown rice over white rice. Eat whole fruits rather than fruit juice. And choose a handful of nuts over processed snack foods. Teach your children to make healthier choices nowchoices that include whole grains.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.