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Fiber for good health and may help prevent heart disease

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Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, barley, beans, apples, oranges and other fruits and vegetables, may help prevent heart disease by lowering LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. Set a goal to eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day (read labels).

The best way to do this is to consume a wide variety of whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, fruits and vegetables.

Include more fiber in your eating plan by:

  • adding vegetables to sauces, stews and casseroles
  • adding oats to meatloaf, soup, breads and cookies
  • starting your day with a bowl of high fiber cereal (at least 5 gm dietary fiber per serving) and sprinkling it with slivered almonds and berries or sliced apples
  • topping salads with fresh fruit and unsalted sunflower seeds

Help prevent heart disease by eating fiber regularly. Start with a goal of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, along with whole grains and beans.  Remember, as you increase your fiber you need to increase your water intake.

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