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Rough It Up! How to Get More Fiber in Your Diet

Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? Most of us don't. Try these ideas to boost your fiber intake.

Although we should get 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, most Americans get only half of that. A fiber-rich diet may help protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, diverticulosis, constipation and even weight gain. All fiber-rich foods contain soluble and insoluble fiber, although one type usually dominates.

Soluble fiber absorbs water like a sponge, forming a gel-like substance. This helps lower your risk of heart disease. Soluble fibers are found in fruits, vegetables, dried beans, peas, lentils, oats and barley.
Insoluble fiber acts like a broom, sweeping away... Read more


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