Unfortunately, fewer than 5% of average American adults (from 18 to 50 years old) get enough fiber from food1, and most them get only about half the fiber they need, which is about 25-38 grams of fiber per day for adults2.
Upping your fiber intake can be tough, especially if you’re used to a diet comprised of lots of refined and processed foods. However, with a little planning, you can easily increase your fiber consumption to close the gap.
To add more fiber to your diet:
Break bad breakfast habits
Instead of a plate of bacon, jump start your day with a bowl of oatmeal or other high-fiber cereal topped with fruit.
Junk the junk
Skip those chips and dips. Keep hunger away with raw veggies like carrots and hummus, a handful of nuts, air-popped popcorn, or yogurt topped with a high-fiber cereal.
Consume fruits instead of juices
Eat more whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juices. Without fruits’ fiber and skin, juices lose many nutrients, including antioxidants and fiber.
Be label conscious
Look for ingredients marked “whole” as in whole grains. Check products’ nutrition facts panels for fiber content. 2.5 to 4.9 grams of fiber per serving is considered a good source. 5 grams or more is considered a great source.
Go with the grain
Choose whole grain products over processed and refined foods such as white bread, white rice, and pasta.
Jazz it up
Add some zest to salads, soups, and stews with seeds, nuts, and legumes.
Have at least one fruit and/or vegetable with each meal. Go vegetarian for at least one meal per week.
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