"Only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and veggies."
Did you grow up with your mother telling you to eat your vegetables? Turns out your mom was right about those vegetables. Foods that grow from the earth (vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains) contain fiber, that substance that give them shape. Like bones in animals.
Fiber is really good for us. It fills us up and prevents us from overeating. The bad news is that most Americans don’t eat enough of it. Maybe 1 or 2 in 10 people get enough fiber.
Are there consequences to not consuming enough fiber? You bet. Diabetes and obesity, for starters. Colon cancer for another.
A good place to start is to become aware of how much fiber you eat now. Read the “nutrition facts” labels on prepared and packaged food and look for what a serving size is and how many grams of dietary fiber it has. Just do the math for a day or two and you will figure out if you are low in fiber. If your daily total is less than around 35 grams a day, then you are probably fiber deficient.
Start with your personal inventory of dietary fiber. In the next issue of Wellness Wednesdays, I’ll share how a couple of my favorite meals stack up!
With love and kindness,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect