A high fiber diet plan: The prescription for a long life minus weight problems!

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With cancer, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and obesity being so prevalent today, people are becoming educated on the benefits of a healthy eating plan. Although a healthy diet must be well balanced, fiber is likely one of the most important components. Why? A high fiber diet plan can help you side line most of the aforementioned diseases, adding to that is the energy you get and sliming effect as well. Many studies have demonstrated that people who adhere to a high fiber diet plan live longer.

Fiber cuts your 'bad' cholesterol and lowers high blood pressure, this in turn benefits cardiovascular health. Fiber significantly reduces your risk of colon cancers as well.

A high fiber diet plan can help in the management of diabetes, in that each gram of fiber essentially offsets the carbohydrate grams consumed. For example, if you have a piece of bread containing 12 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of fiber, the net carbohydrates consumed equals just 8 grams.

If you're trying to lose weight, or if you have diabetes and need to lose weight, a high fiber diet plan provides a benefit to you, because you need more calories to digest that fiber than the food contains! You can more quickly achieve a feeling of fullness with fiber-rich foods, so you eat less. In the process of digesting fiber rich foods, that fiber 'sweeps' away tons of toxins and left over material in your digestive system, much like a duster on an old shelf, the result is a healthier digestive function.

The American Dietetic Association recommends between 20�35 grams of fiber each day. However, in this case, more is better! In the case of diabetes, or if you'd like to drop some serious pounds, 35-45 grams will help you more quickly attain your objectives.

When you're on a high fiber diet plan, it's essential that you increase your water intake. By way of guidance, 8 cups is recommended. If you become constipated, you'll want to increase the amount of water you drink.

Foods being rich in fiber include whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Be aware that plain old white bread doesn't provide much fiber. Check nutritional food labels to be sure that whole grains are in there. You might get lucky and find commercial breads which can double the fiber content in addition to the whole grains.

Fresh, frozen and dried fruitsMost fruits, in any form, are another good source of fiber. Berries, plums, apples and pears, as well as dried figs and apricots are some of the best. High fiber vegetables include broccoli, corn, garbanzos, green beans, green peas and snow peas are great choices. You can even add baked potatoes, but always eat the skin, as that's where almost all of the fiber is contained. Dried beans are another great choice.

A high fiber diet plan is good for everyone. Choose fiber rich foods you enjoy and eat lots of them. Your body will thank you.

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Author: Tom Johnson

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