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I hear that fiber is good for me. I'd like to eat more, but I'm not sure where to find it.

Plant foods--fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts, seeds, legumes or dried beans are all rich in fiber. Try to eat between 20 and 35 grams per day. You'll find the fiber content of foods listed on product labels. Fiber contributes to heart health by helping to lower cholesterol, and it also helps prevent constipation and some cancers. Increase the fiber in your diet slowly, and be sure to drink plenty of water.

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Last updated:06/17/2015
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