Why do I need fiber?
Virtually every weight-loss program welcomes “good carbs” as part of a healthy, lean, long-term diet. “Good carbs” refers to complex carbohydrates, foods like whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds that are composed largely of complex sugar molecules, requiring lots of time and energy to digest into the simple sugars your body needs for fuel.
One of the biggest benefits of foods rich in complex carbs is that they are good sources of fiber. Fiber, in basic terms, is the indigestible parts of plant foods. It is the husk on the grain of wheat, the thin strands in celery, the peel on the apple, the casings on edible seeds. Fiber protects you from heart disease, cancer, and digestive problems. Depending on the type of fiber (there is more than one!), it lowers cholesterol, helps with weight control, and improves blood sugar levels. Check out the reasons why fiber is such a big deal and what happens when you increase your intake.
Bottom line: This is one nutrient you don’t want to miss. Yet the average American eats less than 12 grams of fiber a day—far below the recommended 25 to 30 grams. Here’s how to sneak “good carbs” and extra fiber into your daily diet with a minimum of effort.
Eat cereal every day for breakfast
Ideally, aim for whole grain, unsweetened cereal with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. In fact, eating breakfast cereal can to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Healthy, high-fiber cereals you might want to consider include Kellogg’s All-Bran Original, Kashi GOLEAN, and General Mills Fiber One.