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Benefits of foods high in fiber

Many people in our days suffer from extra weight and diseases of digestive system. Most often these problems lie in the totally natural fibrous foods. Foods high in fiber have many advantages. Many diseases just start from the irregularity with the digestive system of persons. To normalize of digestive system functionality use high fiber foods. Foods high in fiber have the natural ability to dissolve water in them on their way in the digestive tract, this helps in the smooth excretion process with softer and bulkier stools. The second main advantage of using the high fiber food is that it helps a person to loose his weight. Many people take numerous supplements and take any possible measures to loose their weight but that goes in vain. A person can naturally loose weight without any side effects by adding fiber foods into their daily diet. It is also believed that foods high in fiber help in control of the diabetes. A person who takes fiber food in his diet feels more active and efficient in his daily life as fiber food, unlike sugar gives more energy to body.

Types of foods high in fiber for different lifestyles

Some people do not know about the advantages that foods high in fiber offer, the ones who do, certainly add them in their daily eating. There are different types of foods high in fiber available in the market according to the different lifestyles. For example, a person with office job who has to sit all day long needs low fiber meal while a person with busy schedule and tough and tiring job will need a high fiber food. People who are always on the go also has the choice because there are fibrous drinks, vitamins and gums available to fulfill their daily need of fiber.

Fiber content of some foods

(g/100 g of edible portion)

Food description

Dietary fiber

Water

Conversion information

Fruits

Bananas

2.4

74.3

1 medium = 118 g

Apples

2.7

83.9

1 medium = 138 g

Oranges

2.4

86.8

1 medium = 140 g

Orange juice

88.4

8 ounces = 248 g

Grapes

1.0

80.6

1grape = 5 g

Plums, dried

7.1

32.4

1 dried plum = 8.4 g

Vegetables

Tomatoes

1.1 9

3.8

1 medium = 123 g

Broccoli, cooked

2.9

90.7

1 spear = 37 g

Corn, cooked

2.4

76.7

1/2 cup = 82 g

Snap beans, cooked

2.8

89.9

1 cup = 124 g

Lettuce, romaine

1.7

94.9

1/2 cup = 28 g

Potatoes, baked

without skin

1.5

75.4

1/2 cup = 61 g

Potatoes, French-fried, oven-baked

3.2

57.1

10 pieces = 50 g

Peas, cooked

5.5

77.9

1 cup = 160 g

Cereals and Grains

Bread, whole wheat

4.3

37.1

1 slice = 25 g

Bread, white

2.3

36.7

1 slice = 25 g

Bread, rye

5.8

37.3

1 slice = 32 g

Rice, white, cooked

0.4

68.4

1 cup = 158 g

Rice, brown, cooked

1.8

73.1

1 cup = 195 g

Oatmeal, cooked

2.3

77.0

Bran flakes

14.1

2.5

1 cup = 49 g

Corn flakes

2.8

3.2

1 cup = 28 g

Dry Beans and Nuts

Kidney beans, canned

3.5

77.9

Garbanzo beans, canned

4.4

69.7

1 cup = 240 g

Almonds, dry-roasted

11.8

2.6

1 cup = 138 g

Walnuts, English

6.7

4.1

1 cup chopped = 120 g

Peanuts, dry-roasted

8.0

1.5

1 cup = 146 g

SOURCE: Data obtained from the USDA Nutrient Database,

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