Eat This/Not That: Getting Your Fiber


What do pistachios, pearled barley, and bananas have in common? They are all high in fiber.
Why should you care? Because fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Even better – it fills you up without filling you out. There are two kinds of fiber – soluble (think fruit and oats), which imparts some calories; and insoluble (think whole grains), which pass through your body without leaving any calories behind. Fiber can reduce your cholesterol and your body’s absorption of sugar (which is why an apple is better for you than apple juice), and may play an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
However, the typical American gets just 15 grams of fiber a day, not even close to the recommended 28 grams.
So it’s time to up your fiber game. Learn more about fiber here and find a list of 43 high-fiber foods here.