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Foods High in Fiber, Getting Daily Fiber Naturally

Written by Diet Bites

Too little dietary fiber can be a bad thing. Too much dietary fiber can be a bad thing. So what's a dieter to do?

Are you suffering from Fiberitis - not knowing quite where to place your Fiber Faith? Although bombarded by bottles, tablets, wafers and pills - there is a natural option.

With commercials and ads running rampant on the lack of fiber in the modern day diet - it's a little 'overblown'. Wait. Let's amend that. Actually, its A LOT overblown.

Commercial ads make it appear next-to-impossible to consume the required fiber grams. As a solution, they suggest that the consumer race right out to the store and purchase their miracle product - as in pronto.

Hooey aside, the majority of individuals in good health - and even those in not-so-good health can easily grab their recommended dietary fiber from simple, delicious foods.

Our list of foods that are rich in fiber content is posted below but before we get to that, let's do a comparison of natural fiber versus fiber supplements.

- Both fiber supplements and natural dietary fiber create tiny explosions within the body - in one form or another.

- Because fiber supplements must be purchased, there is an added expense to the budget - and many fiber supplements are as rich in cost as they are in fibery benefits.

- Although most fiber supplements do not create a dependency, an individual who takes them on a regular basis is actually doing just that: depending upon the supplement to perform a job that can be naturally performed by Mother Nature.

- Another thing to consider is that fiber supplements must be processed by the body and can be taxing on the digestive system when compared with the processing of natural fiber sources.

How fiber supplements compare to natural dietary fiber:

Symptoms

Fiber Supplements

Natural Dietary Fiber

Bloating

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Gas

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Added Expense

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Dependence

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Processing Woes

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Choking Risks

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- Just reading the warnings on a fiber supplement product can be alarming. One common warning prescribes drinking at least 8 ounces of water and standing or sitting for a number of minutes to ensure that the product doesn't become lodged inside the throat - thus presenting a choking risk.

List of High Fiber Content Foods

FOODS RICH IN FIBER

SERVING SIZE

DIETARY FIBER GRAMS

Brussels Sprouts

1/2 cup, boiled

3.4

Sweet Potato

1-4 ounce

3.4

Pumpkin

1/2 cup canned

3.4

Dates

5 medium

3.5

Egg Noodles

1 Cup-Cooked

3.5

Prickly Pear

1 medium

3.7

Chestnuts

1 ounce

3.7

Kumquats

5 medium

3.7

Wheat Germ

1/4 Cup-Toasted

3.7

Parsnips

1/2 cup

3.8

Raisins-Seedless

1/2 cup

3.9

Oatmeal

3/4 Cup-Cooked

3.9

Strawberries

1 cup

3.9

Raisins-Golden

1/2 cup

3.9

Barley

1/2 cup cooked

12.3

Pumpkin Seeds

1 ounce

3.9

Wheatena

3/4 Cup-Cooked

4.0

Bulgur Wheat

1/2 Cup-Cooked

4.1

Pine Nuts

1 ounce

4.1

Breadfruit

about 3 ounces

4.2

Pear-Fresh

1 medium

4.3

Currants, Black

1 cup

4.4

Artichoke Hearts

1/2 cup, boiled

4.4

Coconut, flaked

1 ounce

4.7

Guava

1 medium

4.9

Figs

3 medium

5.0

Apple, Fresh

1 large

5.1

Figs-Dried

3 medium

5.2

Peach-Dried

5 halves

5.3

Spaghetti-Wheat

1 Cup-Cooked

5.4

Apples-Dried

10 rings

5.6

Ralston

3/4 Cup-Cooked

6.0

Blackberries-Fresh

1 cup

7.2

Raspberries

1 cup

6.0

Bran-Corn

2 Tablespoons-Raw

7.9

Daily Recommend Fiber

So how much fiber do you need? The official recommendation for dietary fiber is 25 - 30 grams per day. Of course, that recommendation is actually an example because fiber needs vary from one individual to the next due to weight, body composition, age and so forth.


Although many fiber commercials leaves an individual with the impression that they must munch all day in order to intake sufficient dietary fiber, the TRUTH is that one can EASILY meet the daily fiber recommendation DELICIOUSLY with the minimal of foods.

As an example by consuming the following, Jan has met her daily fiber requirement naturally - and yes, quite deliciously by enjoying foods that contain nutrients that her body requires:

  • 1/2 cup cook barley
  • 1 cup of fresh blackberries
  • 1 large apple
  • Wheat is Sweet When it Comes to Fiber Content

    When seeking natural sources of dietary fiber, the following food groups stand out:

  • Grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Although nuts reside within the Protein Group, meats and eggs tend to be lacking in notable dietary fiber content.

    In Summary

    For concerns about fiber supplements vs natural fiber, meet with your doctor as there are cases in which an individual may be prescribed a fiber supplement due to dietary restraints and/or regularity issues. However, for most individuals - getting fiber from natural sources is healthier, less taxing on the budget and the body.

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