High-fiber foods

Alternate Names

Dietary fiber - self-care

Definition

Fiber is a substance found in plants. Dietary fiber -- the kind you eat -- is found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. Your body cannot digest fiber, so it passes through your intestines quickly.

Function

Dietary fiber adds bulk to your diet. Because it makes you feel full faster, it can help you control weight.

High fiber diets can also help with constipation. If you have diverticulitis, some types of fiber can make your symptoms worse. Talk to your doctor.

What to Expect at Home

Slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet. If you have bloating or gas, you probably have eaten too much and need to reduce the amount of fiber you eat for a few days.

You should eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. To get more into your diet, eat different types of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. You will also need to read food labels carefully to see how much fiber they have. Choose foods that have higher amounts of fiber.

Vegetables, Legumes, and Nuts

Vegetables are a major source of fiber. Eat more:

You can also get more fiber by eating:

Fruits

Fruits are another good source of fiber. Eat more:

Grains

Grains are another important source of dietary fiber. Eat more:


Review Date: 11/12/2012
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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