Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CAROLYN AKENS ON FIBER




FIBER

Everyone is talking about fiber. You see advertisement on television, in magazines and newspapers. This is not a phenomenon! We’ve always needed it, but now more emphasis is placed on the importance of fiber and that’s a good thing. If you’re not getting enough fiber please begin a regimen to get more fiber into your body. You need a minimum of 35 grams of fiber daily.

Dietary fiber refers to the cell wall components in plants: namely, pectin, beta-glucans, hemicellulose, cellulose, lignin, fructans, and gums. All vegetables and fruits contain these dietary fiber components. The fiber content and composition, however, varies depending on the fruit or vegetable maturity, type, growing environment, etc.

A diet that includes foods that are rich in fiber can help lower blood cholesterol and prevent diabetes and heart disease. Foods with fiber make us feel full. Also, fiber itself has no calories, and adequate amounts of fiber help move food through the digestive system, promoting healthy bowel function and protecting against constipation.


Fruits---- Rich In
Apples---- Fiber
Apricots---- Fiber, Vitamins A & C, Potassium
Banana---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Blackberries---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Blueberries---- Fiber, Potassium
Cantaloupe---- Vitamins A & C, Potassium
Cherries---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Grapes---- Fiber, Vitamins C & K, Potassium
Guava---- Fiber, Vitamins A, C & Folic Acid, Potassium
Honeydew---- Vitamin C, Potassium
Kiwifruit---- Fiber, Vitamins C, K & Folic Acid, Potassium
Mango---- Fiber, Vitamins A & C, Potassium
Nectarine---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Orange---- Fiber, Vitamins C & Folic Acid, Potassium
Papayas---- Fiber, Vitamins A, C & Folic Acid, Potassium
Peach---- Fiber, Vitamins A & C, Potassium
Pear---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Pineapple---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Plum---- Fiber, Vitamins A, C, K & Folic Acid, Potassium
Raspberries---- Fiber, Vitamins C & K, Potassium
Strawberries---- Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium
Tangerine---- Fiber, Vitamins A & C, Potassium
Watermelon---- Vitamins A & C, Potassium


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**Carolyn, thanks for sharing another great and informative article!
My Best, CO**

2 comments:

  1. I love this list- didn't know grapes..or even plums had fiber in them! I need more substitutions these days since I cut back on my whole wheat intake...thanks;-)

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  2. Great info !, Thanks a bunch for sharing this very helpful list (smiles), Take care.

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