High Fiber Diet


Fiber Facts

Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that is part of a plant that cannot be digested. Thus, it adds virtually no calories to the diet. Dietary fiber provides a feeling of fullness and adds bulk in the diet. Fiber is classified as water soluble and water insoluble.

Aim for 20-35 grams of fiber every day

High Fiber

Tips for increasing the fiber in your diet

  • Eat more whole-grain bread, including whole wheat tortillas and baked goods made with whole grain flours.
  • Choose whole grain pasta (such as whole wheat), brown rice, wild rice, bulgur, millet, barley and buckwheat.
  • Snack on popcorn instead of potato chips, or try dried fruits and nuts.
  • Choose fresh fruits over juice.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables with the skin on (apples, pears, peaches, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes).
  • Substitute legumes (beans, lentils, peanut butter) for meat at least twice a week or add cooked navy, kidney, pinto beans or chickpeas to soup.
  • Select high-fiber cereals for breakfast or mix a high-fiber cereal, such as All-Bran or Fiber One, with your favorite brand. Add some fresh fruit.
  • Drink 8 cups or more water to keep fiber moving through your body.
  • Use fiber supplements only if instructed by your physician or a registered dietitian.

Sample Menu for 35 Grams of Fiber:
Sample High Fiber Diet

Additional Fiber-Containing Foods

High Fiber Foods