What is fiber? Fiber is a plant-based nutrient that only occurs in fruits, vegetables, and grains. Fiber helps move the food we eat through our digestive system smoothly. If we don’t consume a sufficient amount of fiber, which the majority of us don’t, then our digestive tract suffers. If you suffer from constipation you may not be getting enough fiber. A lack of fiber in your diet may also result in high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and weight gain. Adopting a high-fiber diet can help lower the risk of some cancers, heart disease, obesity, kidney stones, and supports a healthy digestive system. Check out these 5 high fiber fruits for better health and weight loss below.
HIGH FIBER FOODS: Fruits
Total Dietary Fiber: 10.5 grams per cup (sliced)
Notable Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin K, Potassium
The fiber content of avocados varies depending on the type. There is a difference in fiber content and makeup between the between the bright green, smooth skinned avocados (Florida avocados) and the smaller darker and dimpled variety (California avocados). Florida avocados have significantly more insoluble fiber than California avocados. In addition to the fiber, avocados are packed with healthy fats that help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Start incorporating fresh avocado into your diet with some of these avocado recipes.
2. Asian Pears
Total Dietary Fiber: 9.9 grams of fiber per medium fruit, skin on.
Notable Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Omega 6 fatty acids, Potassium
Crisp, sweet, and delicious, Asian Pears contain high levels of fiber, but also is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids (149 mg per serving) associated with healthy cells, brain and nerve function.(1) The American Heart Association recommends at least 5%-10% of food calories come from Omega 6 fatty acid foods.
Raspberry Total Dietary Fiber: 8 grams of fiber per cup
Raspberry Notable Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folate, Total
Blackberry Dietary Fiber: 7.6 grams of fiber per cup
Blackberry Notable Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Omega 6 fatty acids, Potassium, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese
Blackberries are high in Vitamin K that is associated with boosting of bone density, while the raspberry’s high manganese levels help to support healthy bones, skin, and blood sugar levels. All of these benefits, in addition to providing a great tasting way to add fiber to your diet. Try my easy Blackberry Sorbet recipe; frozen raspberries, or a combination of the two would work well too.
Total Dietary Fiber: 7.2 grams per cup
Notable Nutrients: Manganese, Omega-6 fatty acids, Folate, and Selenium
Coconut products are growing in popularity, with good reason. If you have not yet started consuming coconut, read the 8 reasons you should be eating coconut everyday. Coconut has low glycemic index, and is easy to incorporate into your diet; with 4 to 6 times the amount of fiber as oat bran, coconut flour and grated coconut is a great way to add a healthy natural fiber to your diet. In countries where coconut is a dietary staple, there are fewer incidents of high cholesterol and heart disease. For most baking recipes, you can substitute up to 20% coconut flour for other flours.
Total Dietary Fiber: 14.6 grams of fiber in 1 cup dried figs, evenly distributed between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Notable Nutrients: Pantothenic acid, Potassium, Manganese, Copper, B6
Dried figs and fresh figs are a great source of fiber. Unlike many other foods, figs have a near perfect balance of soluble and insoluble fiber. Figs are associated with lower blood pressure and protection against macular degeneration, in addition to the benefits of the fiber. Even if you don’t like dried figs, fresh figs are delicious and can be enjoyed on top of cereals, salads, and even stuffed with goat cheese and honey for a special dessert.