Fiber helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight, plus it can help lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.
If fiber brings to mind Metamucil and bran muffins, think again. Fiber isn't just something you eat when you're feeling stopped up. It's an important part of your daily diet ... but you might not be getting enough.
What it is
Fiber is the part of plant foods that your body can't digest. Although it's often added to processed foods, fiber is easy to find in minimally-processed plant foods. Whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables all deliver fiber.
There are two kinds of fiber soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber soaks up liquid and is found in foods like oats (think of how they expand when cooked in water), apples and pears and beans. Soluble fiber slows down digestion,