Ask a Nutritionist
Check out our Ask a Nutritionist posts and get healthy info, tips and advice on how to add more fiber to your diet.
For those of us who consider ourselves baby boomers, we might not think “the rules” apply to us like they did in our younger days. In some cases, I suppose they don’t. In the case of nutrition and healthy eating, however, they most certainly do and even more so than years passed. Solid nutrition is vital at every age, and becomes more and more vital with age. It is a true foundation for living well and aging well.
You recognize the perks of eating more fiber, from weight management to lower cholesterol and healthier blood sugar levels. You’re not sure you can meet the recommended 25 grams per day from the foods you eat and you are wondering if taking a fiber supplement is the way to go. You might even be thinking that taking fiber in the form of a pill is a preferred way to reach your fiber goals. In this post, we weigh the pros and cons of fiber-filled supplements vs. fiber-filled foods.
Americans snack more than ever, and based on a 2014 Nielsen report, chips, chocolate and cheese are our snacking favorites. For the frequent snackers among us, these may not be the best choices to support and promote good health. Because between-meal snacking has become so prevalent (and snacks frequently replace meals), they can either make or break the quality of our diet. So, make the most of your snack choices to boost fiber, nutrient density, health-promoting capacity, and performance.
With the average American consuming just 16 grams of fiber per day, there is much room for improvement. Snacks provide a worthwhile opportunity to make progress toward the recommended 25 – 30 grams each day. Snacks, in and of themselves, can easily contribute upwards of 20 grams of fiber in a day.
When embarking on a lifestyle change, such as choosing to eat healthier foods, it is empowering to know YOU have made the choice, and YOU are in control. When you make this choice, you may set goals and create plans to help you succeed. To guide you in your planning efforts, and to increase your commitment, consider these foundational steps.
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