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Eat more fiber

Why should I eat more fiber? Fiber can improve your health in three ways:

* It helps your colon work better

* It reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer

* It may help lower your cholesterol level

Men over 50 years of age should get 30 grams of fiber per day; women over 50 should get 21 grams per day.

I don't want to start eating healthy food. How can I get more fiber without changing my diet completely?

You don't have to change your diet all at once. Try making one small change at a time. For example, if you eat two slices of white toast for breakfast, replace one of them with a slice of whole grain bread. If you drink orange juice every day, eat an orange instead for three days of the week. If you prefer salty snacks, try low-fat popcorn instead of potato chips. Some people find it helpful to focus on adding a single high-fiber food at each meal or snack time.

Foods rich in fiber:

* Unprocessed wheat bran

* Unrefined breakfast cereals

* Whole wheat and rye flours

* Grainy breads, such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel * Fresh fruits, such as apples, berries and pears

* Dried fruits, such as prunes, apricots and figs

* Vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots and green peas

* Legumes, such as chickpeas, baked beans and navy beans

Fruits and vegetables are a great healthy addition to your diet. Not only are they high in fiber, but they are also high in other vitamins and minerals.

(Taken from Newsletter)

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