What should I know about a high fiber diet?

A high fiber diet means eating foods that have a lot of fiber. Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains not broken down by your body. A high fiber diet will make your stool firmer. Your care giver may want you to eat more fiber if you have diverticulosis or irritable bowel syndrome. This diet will help if you have constipation, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

What should I do?
Add fiber to your diet slowly. Start by adding two or three new high fiber foods each week. Drink at least five to six glasses of water each day. Meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, and milk do not contain fiber. But they are important foods to eat to get a balanced diet. Try to eat a total of 5 different fruits and vegetables each day. Eat as many of the following foods as you can.

HIGH FIBER FOODS TO ADD TO YOUR DIET

Breads and baked goods made with:
Whole wheat or other whole grain flour, bran, wheat germ, rye,oats, oat bran, triticale or barley
Graham, rye or wheat crackers
Buckwheat or kasha products
Rice cakes

CEREALS
Bran cereals
Granolas
Rolled oats or oatmeal
Wheat germ

STARCHES
Brown or wild rice
Corn
Popcorn
Sweet potatoes

BEANS
Baked beans
Blackeyed peas
Garbanzo beans
Kidney beans
Navy beans
Lentils
Pinto beans
Lima beans
Split peas

VEGETABLES
Eat raw or only lightly cooked vegetables as much as possible.
Asparagus
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli
Cabbage
Okra
Carrots Onions
Cauliflower
Celery
Green peppers
Snow peas
Green beans
Greens
Mushrooms
Spinach
Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips
Zucchini

FRUITS
Eat as many fresh fruits as possible. It is okay to eat the peelings or seeds if they are safe to eat. Choose juice with pulp to get more fiber.
Apples
Bananas
Berries
Cranberries
Figs
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi
Mangos
Melons
Nectarines
Oranges
Peaches
Pears
Pineapple
Prunes
Raisins
Rhubarb

NUTS & SEEDS
Almonds
Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Hazelnuts
Peanuts & skins
Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Soybeans
Sunflower seeds

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