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10 High-Fiber Recipes to Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Keri Tidwell

Foods high in fiber

Prunes, bran flakes, psyllium powder, laxatives: these are all commonly associated with fiber — and somehow, they just don’t seem very fun or exciting. However, getting plenty of fiber is a proactive way to prevent colon cancer, heart disease and obesity. Plus, eating a high-fiber diet helps maintain a healthy digestive system — and that is exciting because it makes you feel good!

According to WebMD, the average American gets only 15 grams of fiber a day. This is because the typical American diet consists of processed foods — foods that have been stripped of all nutrients including fiber. As a result, most Americans consume less than half the daily recommended fiber.

Recommended Daily Fiber

Women: 25 grams

Men: 35-40 grams

Because Americans are not consuming enough high-fiber foods, we are experiencing the consequences, namely constipation, weight gain, blood sugar fluctuations, and food-related nausea and fatigue (WebMD). Our bodies need fiber to bulk up stools for easier passage, to make us feel full after a meal, to help control blood sugar levels and to give us energy.

Even though we are surrounded by natural sources of fiber, many Americans take fiber supplements instead. These fiber supplements often contain harmful fillers and can be habit-forming, making a person dependent on them for a bowel movement.

10 High-Fiber Recipes:

Although it may seem like fiber is a bore, fiber can be fun! There are many foods that are high in fiber and taste delicious. Here are some high-fiber entrees, sides, snacks and beverages to try:

For more fiber recipe ideas, check out these 31 high-fiber snacks to add to your diet.

Fiber can be fun if you are willing to add it to your diet. Let’s break up with the standard American diet and increase our fiber intake this month to prevent colon cancer and other serious illnesses.

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