Women who get at least 30 grams of fiber daily are half as likely to develop breast cancer, according to Men’s Health. Eat some fiber and slash your breast cancer risk by half?! That’s BIG news.
A high fiber diet is associated with a number of other benefits, from weight loss to constipation relief to diabetes prevention. It’s an excellent weight-loss aid because it helps fill you up and keep you full longer. A high fiber diet also helps control blood sugar levels, as fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar. Studies even show that soluble fiber helps lower “bad” cholesterol levels, making it a great heart-healthy staple.
A half-cup serving of Fiber One will get you nearly half way there; toss some berries on top and you’re even closer! Other sources of fiber include oats, peas, beans, berries, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium, whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and most vegetables.
There’s no excuse for why most Americans get about half the recommended daily amount! It’s easy to get enough fiber in your diet if you’re eating healthy, nutritious foods. If you’re still having trouble getting your fiber in, look for fortified cereals, yogurts, and even fiber supplements.