The Benefits of Fiber


For Your Heart, Weight, and Energy:

On average, we get less than half of what we need of this nutrient that can lower cholesterol, prevent constipation, and improve digestion. 

Add fruit and you'll be on your way to the daily goal of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women. 

Any type of fresh fruit is a healthy snack. But when it comes to fiber, all fruits are not created equal. 
One large Asian pear has a whopping 9.9 grams of fiber. Other high-fiber fruits include raspberries (4 grams per 1/2 cup), blackberries (3.8 grams per 1/2 cup), bananas (2.4 grams each), and blueberries (2 grams per 1/2 cup). Pears and apples -- with the skin on -- are also high-fiber choices

Studies show that adding high-fiber foods to your diet may also reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.