The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines to help Americans eat a healthier diet and improve their overall eating habits.
It offers key recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.
Americans’ social and economic cultures have resulted in unhealthy eating habits.
The recommended daily intake of dietary fiber is 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men.
Yet, most Americans consume less than half of the recommended daily fiber intake and have become one of our most significant dietary deficiencies.
Over time, a deficiency in dietary fiber can increase the possibility of developing certain health conditions.
Benefits of Good Fiber Levels
Fiber, also known as roughage or dietary fiber is a portion of the plant-related foods that cannot be completely digested.
Statistics maintain that high-fiber diets reduce cholesterol levels and cancer rates.
Fiber also makes you feel fuller longer, to avoid overeating.
Fiber keeps you “regular” and boosts colon health.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, television personality, heart surgeon and advocate for a more nutrient-dense diet, recommends the following TOP FIVE options to increase FIBER in your daily food intake.
Listed are the total number of grams per 1 cup serving.
5. NUTS – Chopped Pecans 10.5 grams; Walnuts 8 grams; Almonds contain 4 grams of fiber per cup.
4. FRUITS – Prunes have 12 grams of fiber per cup; 1 Pear contains 5 grams; Figs have 14 grams per cup.
3. BEANS – Navy beans have 19 grams per cup; Garbanzo 13 grams; Kidney 13 grams.Additionally, navy beans promote heart health.
2. GRAINS – Bulgur has 8 grams of fiber per cup; Quinoa has 5 grams; Brown rice 4 grams.
Bulgur rice is a popular source of protein for vegetarians.
1. VEGETABLES – one Artichoke contains 10 grams of fiber; broccoli has 5 grams per cup; Brussel Sprouts have 4 grams.
Turns out, your mom was right – EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!