The Best Sources of Fiber Grams (Video)

Fiber 101

Fiber is essential to your digestive system helping to move things along if you know what I mean. A high fiber diet can help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and prevent constipation.

Aim for about 25 to 35 grams of total fiber each day or six to eight grams per meal and three to four grams per snack. Make sure to increase your fiber intake gradually over two to three weeks so your system can adapt to the added bulk without common discomforts like bloating or gas. Also make sure to drink plenty of water at least six to eight cups with your fiber.

My top picks include cooked vegetables like asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, sweet potato, turnips and fruits. Be careful not to overdo it here, fruits do have sugar, apples raspberries, beans cooked also contain a pretty high amount of fiber and usually are about five to eight grams per half a cup. Nuts and seeds are also great sources but make sure not to overdo it here because there’s a lot of calories in nuts.