Student Health: Feel Fabulous with Fiber

August 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Adamany
madamany@smu.edu

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of 20-35 grams of fiber a day for a healthy adult. But why is fiber so important?

  • Fiber helps lower cholesterol and keeps the digestive system healthy.
  • High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, giving your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry. This means you’re less likely to overeat, and you also stay full for a longer amount of time.
  • High-fiber diets tend to be less “energy dense,” meaning they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
  • Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar levels. A high-fiber diet may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • How can you get more fiber?

  • Focus on fruits and veggies– snack on apples, peaches, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, asparagus and eggplant.
  • Benefiber to-go packs – mix these easy, 30-calorie packets in water, juice, coffee, milk, and add 6 grams of fiber to your day.
  • Munchies – snack on sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds for an added fiber boost to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
  • Student Health: Feel Fabulous with Fiber

    April 27, 2009 by · Comments Off 

    By Marissa Adamany
    madamany@smu.edu

    The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of 20-35 grams of fiber a day for a healthy adult. But why is fiber so important?

  • Fiber helps lower cholesterol and keeps the digestive system healthy.
  • High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, giving your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry. This means you’re less likely to overeat, and you also stay full for a longer amount of time.
  • High-fiber diets tend to be less “energy dense,” meaning they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
  • Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar levels. A high-fiber diet may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • How can you get more fiber?

  • Focus on fruits and veggies– snack on apples, peaches, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, asparagus and eggplant.
  • Benefiber to-go packs – mix these easy, 30-calorie packets in water, juice, coffee, milk, and add 6 grams of fiber to your day.
  • Munchies – snack on sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds for an added fiber boost to keep you satisfied throughout the day.