11 Best High-Fiber Foods



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11 Best High-Fiber Foods - Cleveland Clinic

Dietitian-approved to keep you regular

You may not think much about fiber — until you find yourself dealing with an, er, irregular situation.

Indeed, dietary fiber is a magic ingredient that keeps you regular. But thwarting constipation is not its only job. “Fiber does lots of cool stuff in the body,” says registered dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDCES.

Here’s why you need it — and where to get it.

Benefits of a high-fiber diet

Fiber is an unsung hero. Among its claims to fame, a high-fiber diet can:
  • Soften stool and prevent constipation.
  • Lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduce the risk of diseases such as colorectal cancer.
  • Keep blood sugar levels from spiking.
  • Make you feel full longer, which can help you lose weight.