Everyone knows that fiber is a key factor in maintaining a healthy diet. But what exactly does fiber do, and why is it so important? Here’s some simple, helpful facts about fiber - the nutrient your body needs!
Dietary fiber is a nutrient that’s mainly found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. This is the portion of plant foods that your body can’t digest. There are two types of fiber: insoluble (found in foods like whole-wheat flour, vegetables, wheat bran and nuts) and soluble (found in foods like fruits, beans and barley).
Both types of fiber are beneficial to your diet!
The recommended daily does of fiber is 25 grams per day. Most Americans only get about half of that amount.
You probably agree that fiber is something you don’t want to miss out on, but you might not be sure that foods with plenty of fiber taste so great. Don’t worry! There
are plenty of foods out there containing fiber that are both delicious and nutritious. Up your numbers by incorporating more whole grains into your diet – like whole wheat, whole wheat flour, brown rice, and bran. Also, it’s easy to raise your fiber intake by eating fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, berries, kiwi, broccoli, corn and spinach.
If you love to bake, you’re in the right place! There are at least 100 recipes on this website that feature the GoodFibes logo – signifying that they’re a good source of fiber. You can also add more fiber to your favorite recipes by substituting whole-grain flour for white flour when baking. If you’re making yeast breads, you’ll want to use a bit more yeast (since whole-grain flour is heavier than white flour). It’s easy to incorporate more fiber in your diet with these delicious and fun recipes!
GoodFibes recipes began in 2004. The USOA CNPP (Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion) criteria was adopted at 0.8 grams of fiber per ounce. See Appendix 2 http://is.gd/i9QwO for more information.
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