Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

— Written By Marcus McFarland and last updated by Nancie Mandeville
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Fiber is a very important nutrient that benefits the body in many ways, from weight management to maintaining a healthy digestive system. From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, all fiber is plant-based, and most of the fiber is in the skins and peels of the fruits or vegetables. Fiber can also be found in grains, nuts, and seeds that come from plants as well.

blackberries on the vine

Blackberries have a surprisingly high amount of fiber!

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended to consumer 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories consumed. Several great sources of fiber include blackberries, lentils, pears, split peas, black beans, and grains like bran. Make sure when working to increase your fiber intake, to drink plenty of water. Water helps the digestion of fiber run smoother through your intestine. Be sure to look out for your fiber intake and increases it when needed!

References

“Dietary Fiber” – Colorado State University Extension

“Easy Ways to Boost Fiber in Your Daily Diet” – eatright.org – the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics