Stay Healthy with Fiber

Fiber, in the form of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other carbohydrates that pass through your body undigested, is important to your digestive health, and your overall well- being in general. Too little fiber in the diet is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. But only 7% of adults in the U.S. get enough fiber, according to a study reported by U.S. News & World Report.

How much should you eat? Overall, health experts say you should consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat in a day. For women, the target is 25 grams in a 2,000-calorie daily diet; and for men, it’s 38 grams in a 2,500-calorie diet. People over 50 years old can consume less.

What should you eat? For starters, try a one-cup serving of pearl barley, which has six grams of fiber, instead of white rice, with just two grams.

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