Are Foods with Added Fiber Good for You?

Playing Fake Fiber in Your Food?

There are many packed foods with added fiber, but does this make for healthy eating? The Doctors weigh in!

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that most Americans are not getting enough fiber in their diet, noting that women should be eating 25 grams or more daily and men should be eating 38 grams or more. Most of us are only getting 15 grams on average, which has caused food companies to add in manufactured fibers.

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Natural fibers can help to lower cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease, lower the risk of colon cancer, help with healthy bowel movements, and may help some maintain a healthy weight, but The Doctors note these health benefits are based on natural fibers are not the added fibers in packaged foods. They also note packaged foods with added fiber there can be high in calories, sugars, and carbohydrates. 

Some easy ways to get more natural fiber in your diet includes eating these foods:

  • 1 Artichoke - 10 grams of fiber
  • Cup of broccoli - 5 grams of fiber
  • Cup of black beans - 15 grams of fiber
  • Cup of raspberries - 8 grams of fiber

Watch: How to Get Your Fiber at Breakfast

Another easy way to add natural fiber to your diet is with psyllium husk fiber, which can be added to juice, milk or water. The Doctors stress speaking with your doctor to determine if you are getting enough fiber in your diet and decide if you need to add more.