High Fiber Diet

Consuming an adequate amount of dietary fiber is a critical component of maintaining a healthy digestive system. According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, the recommended daily fiber intake for adults is 20 - 35 grams per day.

A typical menu for someone following a high fiber diet plan may include:

  • A breakfast of whole grain cereal with low-fat milk accompanied by fresh fruit
  • A lunch of lean protein, fruits and/or vegetables with a whole-grain carbohydrate (crackers or a slice of bread)
  • A dinner of lean protein, vegetables and a whole-grain carbohydrate (brown rice, couscous, etc.)

Benefits

  • Helps maintain regular bowel habits
  • Alleviates / helps prevent constipation
  • Helps prevent flare-ups of diverticulitis
  • May reduce the risk of colon cancer
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease

Food Recommendations

As with any special diet, there are recommended foods that work with the body to maintain a healthy, balanced digestive system.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta and other carbohydrates, such as, brown rice, barley or bulgur wheat
  • Legumes, such as, peas, beans and lentils
  • Seeds and nuts, such as, walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

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