Forget the tasteless sticks of wheat bran. There are high-fiber foods that actually taste good, so check out our list of favorites.
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Fiber is definitely a ho-hum topic in nutrition, but the reality is that we need to give it a little more attention. Fiber lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, and plays a key role in weight-loss success. That's right—high-fiber foods actually help you lose weight. The reason is three-fold: fiber slows the digestion process so you feel full longer, it adds bulk to food to also fill you up, and most fiber-rich foods are low in calories and fat. The end result is that you can eat a lot of high-fiber foods for fewer calories and feel full and content—both key things when trying to stick to a diet. Most Americans need to double or triple their current fiber intake to meet recommendations (28 grams for a 2000 calorie diet or 14 grams per 1000 calories). If your fiber intake is low, then work to gradually increase intake and also increase water consumption.