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

Telehealth Appointments Available

All Capital Digestive Care physicians and advanced practice providers are offering "virtual" visits via telehealth. Call your doctor's office or click the "Schedule a Visit" button to schedule an appointment. For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are limiting in-office appointments and endoscopy procedures to patients requiring urgent care. We encourage all individuals to practice everyday preventive actions and social-distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.