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Dietary fiber promotes regularity, helps control caloric intake and promotes weight loss. It may also reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases, and help people with diabetes control their blood sugar.
To increase your fiber in your diet, try switching to whole grain cereals and breads. Snack on dried fruits, and add raisins to baked goods. Cook and eat fresh produce with the skin on whenever possible. Eat legumes such as beans and lentils.
Soluble fiber also known as roughage, is found in whole-wheat grain cereals, pasta, bread and in the skins and seeds of some fruits and vegetables.
Insoluble fiber is the kind that keeps us regular. It works by absorbing water and speeding up the passage of waste through our intestines. This prevents constipation and may reduce the risk of certain ulcers.veral times a week in soups, stews and as side dishes.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|