There are many areas of nutrition that lead to controversy, but dietary fiber is typically not one of them. Instead nutrition experts belonging to all schools of thought agree that including more fiber rich foods into the diet can lead to a number of health benefits for those who do so.
Some of the most well-known of these benefits can include lowering blood cholesterol levels, treating and preventing gut related issues like constipation and bloating, improving cardiovascular health, and addressing issues like diabetes and obesity. Not to mention that when fiber rich foods are included in meals, their fiber content increases satiety and helps regulate weight.
Many whole plant foods are rich in different types of fiber. For maximum benefits, it is recommended that you include a variety of fibers in your diet.
As such the plant-based diet is all about fiber. Powering up on the following fiber rich foods is the perfect way to include more dietary fiber into your meals.
Beans: Another naturally fiber rich food is the different variety of beans. Beans not only provide excellent supplies of fiber but also a host of other nutritional contents such as vitamins, minerals as well as protein. Beans are also considered an animal protein replacement in the plant-based diet.
Berries: Berries are not only well known for their antioxidant properties but also their generous fiber content. The reason for this is that since berries are packed with tiny seeds, their fiber content is typically higher than that of many other fruits.
Whole Grains: Whole grains, not to be confused with the commonly consumed refined grains, are also one of the easiest ways to up your fiber intake. Whole grains contain all the essential parts of the grains including the bran and germ and so offer more fiber into your diet. Once a grain has been processed, the outer layers of bran and germ are removed and essential nutrients are lost.
Leafy Green Vegetables: Known to offer a host of vitamins and minerals, leafy greens also provide good fiber content into the diet. There are a lot of plant species with edible leaves, some of which may be eaten raw in salads, blended into smoothies or be sautéed into stir fries, to add more fiber into your diet.
Nuts and Seeds: An excellent source, nuts and seeds pack a punch of fiber in them. When snacking, choose to munch on healthy raw nuts and seeds to get your fill of fiber along with a bonus of healthy fats and protein.
Start adding more of these fiber rich foods in your diet today!
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