Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » Harmoniously High Fiber Foods

Harmoniously High Fiber Foods


We all know that fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. However, we might not know exactly why?

While insoluble fiber aids the body with waste and toxin elimination by combing the intestines and colon for optimal bowel movements waste elimination—soluble fiber helps lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels and maintains safe blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Another great benefit of fiber is that it keeps us feeling full for longer which can help aid with weight loss. According to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, every person should try to get about 38-grams of fiber each day. To help with that we’ve created a list of 20 fiber-rich foods we need in our diets to keep our bodies and systems operating harmoniously…

Want diet & nutrition content delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our exclusive diet & nutrition newsletter!

1. Beans

Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you…well, you know how the rest of the jingle goes. While this little song is rather silly, it might actual stem from the fact that beans are really good for the digestive system because they keep us regular. Because beans are such a good source of fiber, they keep our digestive systems running efficiently as they comb and eliminate waste products from the colon. If you’re looking for the highest fiber bean, look to black beans (they contain 15-grams of fiber per cup) or navy (white) beans (they contain almost 19-grams per cup).

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • 6 Lesser Known, Health-Boosting Beans
    Do you tend to stick to the same dried or canned black and kidney beans every time you make chili or soup?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Fact or Fiction: The Fiery Health Benefits of Capsicum
    Capsicum, or red chili peppers, has long been used for both culinary and therapeutic purposes.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Super Antioxidant Rich Foods
    What are antioxidants, and why are they good for us? Antioxidants are natural substances that can limit, or stop the damage free radicals wreak on our bodies, basically stabilizing...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Cherries
    The cherry is one of the most delicious and iconic fruits available. Cherries are simply excellent in desserts – like pies and pastries – smoothies, salads, or on their own.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Introducing 5 Exotic and Nutrient-Loaded Super Foods
    So many new foods to try—so little time. The next time you’re at your local grocer or organic foods market, sample some unknown bounty.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Wild Foods You Have to Try
    You’re out on a walk in the woods and you come across a delicious-looking leafy green, mushroom, or berry.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Goodness of Chia Seeds
    You’ve probably heard a lot of hype around chia seeds. This so-called super food really does live up to its reputation.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • What Super Food Are You?
    It seems like wherever you turn—the television, the Internet, or the local market—you’re being inundated with super foods.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 November Farmer's Market Super Food Finds
    Ok, so you’ve flipped the calendar to November. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on fresh, farmer’s market produce in favor of frozen, canned, and jarred...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Looking Past Appearances: 8 Ugly Super Foods
    What sounds scarier, slicing open a slimy passion fruit to pick out the snot-colored seeds—or filling your body full of processed, convenience foods jam-packed with artificial...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Foods That Are Healthier When Eaten Raw
    If someone asked you to name your favorite food, chances are you’d reply with something—like cake, steak, or French fries—that requires at least some cooking.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Superfoods from Grandma's Kitchen
    Do you think for a second that your grandma and grandpa ate chia seeds? Seriously, the concept of “clean eating” wasn’t even in their vocabulary.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Foods That Deserve a Healthier Reputation
    It’s January and that means lots of New Year’s resolutions about eating better, exercising more, and losing weight.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 12 Superfruits for the Perfect Morning Smoothie
    If you’re starting a new weight loss program or just looking to feel better on a day-to-day basis, it’s a good idea to pack more fruit in to your diet.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Go Nuts for What?
    You probably reach for a handful of raw nuts (unsalted, unroasted) when you’re looking for a heart-healthy snack filled with good fats, fiber, protein, and a boost of vitamins.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice