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Kick start your digestion with fiber-rich foods

Posted Dec 20 2009 12:00am

If you think high-fiber foods taste like cardboard, think again. Fiber is an essential part of a healthful meal routine. Fiber is not just in breakfast cereal. This ingredient, which is easily tolerated in your digestive tract, can be found in a wide range of foods. High amounts of fiber can be found in foods as diverse as cooked whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked split peas, raspberries and oat bran muffins.:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582

Fiber may help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as lower your cholesterol. The American Heart Association’s website describes the benefits of both soluble and insoluble fiber:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4574

If you want to boost your fiber intake, the Food Network has a great list of recipes, such as Egg, Ham and Spinach Pizza, White Bean Tuna Salad and Asian Brown Rice:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/high-fiber/index.html?No=0

An easy way to monitor your fiber intake is to check the nutrition label on your food product. There you’ll find fiber grams per serving. Before long, you’ll realize that fiber is hardly bland.

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