When fiber is mentioned, a lot of people immediately think of leafy vegetables such as cabbage, kale, collard greens, lettuce and spinach. Did you know that there are lots of other high-fiber foods that do not immediately pop in the minds of many?
This article will get you introduced to some of those so that you may also be able to add them to your diet, too, and not just greens.
Everyone knows that avocados are extremely high in healthy fats that are good for the skin, nails, hair, joints, heart and brain. Sadly, not a lot of people are aware of the fact that avocados are loaded with fiber, too.
Especially if you are trying to lose excess pounds, don’t forget to add avocados to your diet on a regular basis — healthy fats and fiber in them can spare you from overeating and encountering hunger pangs.
Just like avocados, nuts are revered for their healthy fat content. And similar to avocados, they also supply your body with plenty of fiber — so go ahead and snack on a handful of them on a regular basis.
Calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, selenium, zinc, manganese and vitamin E are some of the other nutrients that you can obtain from almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews and the rest of the family.
Because they’re starchy, it can be easy to assume that sweet potatoes are packed with nothing but energy-giving starch. Well, nutrition experts say that they are in fact some of the most fiber-rich foods on the face of the planet.
Aside from containing fiber, here’s another reason why you should welcome sweet potatoes into your life: they’re good for the eyes, brain, gut, skin and immune system.
A lot of people frown upon beans because they are notorious for causing excess gas. But just because you refuse to be gassy doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the health-giving perks of beans due to their fiber content.
If you want to add beans to your diet but you do not want to end up gassy, there are a few things that you may do: rinse them very well, cook them very well and chew them very well. Excess gas avoided!
Desiccated or not, there’s no denying that coconut meat is an excellent source of fiber. And that’s why especially if you are into baking healthy treats you should add some coconut meat to your masterpieces.
Being rich in fiber, it doesn’t come as a surprise why coconut meat is good for the cardiovascular system. But there’s one more reason why it’s heart-friendly: it contains potassium that lowers the blood pressure and regulates the heart rate.
We all know that berries are rich in antioxidants that help fight off heart disease and deadly cancer. They’re also packed with vitamin C that helps keep the skin lovely and the immune system strong. Did you know that they’re high in fiber, too?
Regularly, make sure that you snack on some berries. They also make for wonderful additions to your salad, oatmeal, yogurt and baked goods. Experts suggest for you to enjoy various colors of berries for good health.
We’ve saved the best for last: dark chocolate is something that supplies your body with fiber just like leafy greens! And that’s why enjoying it lets you take advantage of the various health perks offered by fiber.
So each time you are craving for something that can please your sweet tooth, reach for a small piece of dark chocolate. Just see to it that its cocoa content is not less than 70 percent to ensure that you are doing your body a favor.