Dietary Math: How to Add Fiber!
Most Americans do not get even half of the recommended fiber in their diets. So it is important to consider adding this essential material in order to keep the digestive system running smoothly. There are several points that you should know about kinds of fiber when reading labels. Overall, whole-grain fiber is the best and has multiple benefits, including reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. There are two kinds of whole-grain fiber: insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber prevents constipation and reduce the risk of heart attack, while soluble fiber lowers cholesterol. Synthetic, or isolated, fiber does not have the same benefits as naturally occurring fiber. The best way to get plenty of fiber is to eat fruits, vegetable and whole grains. Popcorn is a whole grain that is easy to add to your diet (but watch out for butter and salt!) Coloradoan.com, October 6, 2008