How is Fiber Related to Cardiovascular Disease?
Fiber is a food component that comes from plants. Animal foods like meat, milk, eggs, and cheese do not contain any fiber. Foods that do contain fiber include:
- Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, and rice
- Some soy products
It is important that everyone consume foods rich in fiber, but for people with diabetes or high cholesterol, fiber can be an added benefit. Studies have shown that 25-35 grams of fiber daily can reduce your risk of having a heart attack by as much as 40 percent. Diets high in fiber can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and may even lower blood pressure. Some research has even shown that higher fiber diets can help lower high blood glucose levels.
Tips for Increasing Fiber Intake
- Eat foods like whole grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, nuts, dry beans, peas, lentils, fruits, and vegetables often. Try to have one or two of these foods at each meal.
- Choose products labeled as a “good” or “excellent source of fiber” these labels will be on the front of food packages.
- Remember to eat five servings of fruits or vegetables each day.
Full Day Sample Menu for Increasing Fiber Intake
60 gm carbohydrates
12 gm fiber
11 gm fiber
87 gm carbohydrates
12 gm fiber
for Entire Day
228 gm carbohydrate
44 gm fat
7 gm saturated fat
0 trans fat
77 gm cholesterol
35 gm fiber
1154 mg sodium
This site was last updated June, 2014.
This is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.