By Dawson D.

What is it?

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body cannot digest. While most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down and instead passes through undigested.

-Fiber helps regulate the body's use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.

-Children and adults need 20 to 30 grams of Fiber a day

Types of Fiber:

Soluble Fiber- dissolves in water, lowers glucose and blood cholesterol

Sources: oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples and blueberries

Insoluble Fiber- doesn't dissolve in water, helps food move through the digestive system

Sources: wheat, whole wheat bread, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots cucumbers and tomatoes

Ways to increase you fiber intake:

-Eat whole fruits instead of fruit juices

-Replace white rice, bread, and pasta with brown rice and whole grain products

-Eat cereals with whole grain as the first ingredient

-Snack on raw vegetables instead of junk foods

-Use beans instead of meat for chili and soups