Fiber is such a vital part of our diet, but too many of us get far too little of this amazing nutrient in the foods we eat – partially because we’re eating the wrong foods and partially because we just don’t know which foods contain the amount of fiber that will give us the biggest bang for our buck. I thought I’d create this handy table of 70 healthy high fiber foods. Most of these foods are built into recipes found in The Belly Burn Plan.
Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber
First, it’s important to know that there are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Most vegetables, fruits and grains are a combination of both. Don’t stress about which type of fiber you’re eating, just get more fiber!
The very uncomplicated definition of soluble vs insoluble fiber goes like this:
Soluble fiber breaks down and is absorbed by our blood, acting like a sponge, pulling all the gunk out. It has the ability to lower bad cholesterol and pull toxins in our bloodstream. That’s pretty incredible!
Soluble fiber is also a prebiotic, meaning it feeds the healthy bacteria in our gut.
Another great benefit of soluble fiber is that it helps to balance blood sugar levels. If you’re a diabetic or have pre-diabetes, this is good news for you.
Insoluble fiber can’t break down and stays in our digestive tract but does a great job helping to drag unwanted toxins out of our system.
Insoluble fiber also helps to add bulk to our stool, which, when combined with water, helps us ‘go’ easier.
You’ll also feel fuller when you eat foods with more insoluble fiber.
But there’s more. Much, more more!
Sure, fiber helps us poop and is associated with lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, but it’s also an amazing aid in keeping our body’s delicate ecosystem in balance. Fiber helps to increase the amount of good bacteria by feeding it. That’s right, just when you thought all that fiber was just going through you, it turns out the good bacteria in our bellies are making a meal out of this rough stuff. Good for them. Thanks to fiber and healthier bacteria, we’re able to better control insulin levels (and by association blood sugar levels). It’s a win win!
Most of us already know that fiber makes us feel fuller longer, helping us control our weight. That’s old news. But did you know that increasing dietary fiber helps to decrease the chances of you developing diverticulitis (an inflammation of the little pouches in our digestive tract called diverticula)?
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How many high fiber foods do you need?
We should consume somewhere between 20 to 30 grams of fiber everyday. I like to aim high and say 35, but that’s me. Twenty grams may sound doable, but you might be surprised to know that most Americans consume far less.
If you’re not eating vegetables a few times a day, or consciously getting fiber from other sources, such as supplements, then you’re probably getting no more than 12 grams of fiber a day.
Check out this list and search for some of your favorite foods.
I’m not a big fan of grains, especially inflammatory glutenous grains. I try to get people to emphasize on vegetables, fruits and pulses for fiber. Check out the list. Pick out a few of your favorite foods and increase the quantities slowly over the next week, building the amount of fiber you eat. If you ramp up too fast, you might feel a little uncomfortable. Fiber gives our digestive tract a workout much in the same way as exercise does our muscles. Too much too soon, and you’ll feel it!
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Healthy High Fiber Foods
|Food||Serving||Total Fiber in Grams|
|Beans (black)||1/3 cup||10|
|Beans (chickpeas)||1/3 cup||4|
|Beans (pinto)||1/3 cup||4|
|Broccoli (cooked)||1 cup||4.5|
|Broccoli (raw)||1 cup||2.5|
|Brussels Sprouts (cooked)||1 cup||6.5|
|Cabbage (green and cooked)||1 cup||3.5|
|Cabbage (green and raw)||1 cup||2|
|Carrots (raw and sliced)||1 cup||3.5|
|Carrots (fresh and cooked)||1 cup||5|
|Cauliflower (fresh and cooked)||1 cup||3.5|
|Cauliflower (raw)||1 cup||2.5|
|Celery (raw)||1 cup||2|
|Cocoa Powder||1 tsp||0.5|
|Coconut (unsweetened)||1 cup||13|
|Dark Chocolate||1 ounce||2|
|Flaxseed (ground)||2 tbsp||3|
|Hearts of Palm||1 cup||3.5|
|Kale (raw)||1 cup||1|
|Kale (cooked)||1 cup||2.5|
|Mixed Vegetables (frozen)||1 cup||8|
|Oatmeal (cooked)||1 cup||4|
|Onion (raw)||1/2 cup||1.5|
|Peach (fresh and medium)||1||2|
|Peas and Carrots (frozen)||1 cup||5|
|Peas (cooked)||1 cup||9|
|Peas (split and yellow)||1/2 cup||8|
|Peppers (green)||1 cup||2|
|Peppers (red)||1 cup||3|
|Quinoa (cooked)||1 cup||5|
|Spinach (fresh and cooked)||1 cup||5.5|
|Squash (butternut)||1 cup||3|
|Squash (spaghetti)||1 cup||2|
|Squash (summer)||1 cup||1.5|
|Sunflower Seeds||1/4 cup||3.5|
|Sweet Potato||1 cup||7.5|
|Tomato (raw)||1 cup||2|
|Tomato Paste||1 cup||10.5|
|Vegetable Juice||1 cup||2|
|Yams (cooked)||1 cup||7.5|
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