Three Great Sources of Fiber

Losing weight isn’t easy. Healthy progress takes time and a lot of us need all the help we can get. One of best ways to start is by increasing your daily fiber intake (1) with one of these three great sources of fiber.

Proper fiber intake can help regulate the digestive system. Fiber is known to promote weight-loss as it’s slower to be absorbed and digested, filling up your belly and making you feel full. If you are not sure which fiber can help up your daily intake, we suggest starting with one of the following great sources of fiber.

Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseeds are fiber-packed seeds that also contain a very versatile omega-3. Flaxseed meal contains 4 grams of fiber per a 2 tablespoon serving, as well as lignans, a special antioxidant that has anti-estrogenic actions. Since flaxseed meal is ground, your body can more easily extract all the nutrients.

Psyllium Husks

A bulking agent which swells considerable when added to liquid, psyllium husks are known to help support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage, which means it forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water. All of this helps result in healthy bowel movement. Plus, psyllium husks may help decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great source of fiber. A quarter cup of steel-cut oats contains 5 grams of fiber. On top of that, oats contain a super fiber called beta-glucan, known to have cholesterol-lowering effects (2). It is the beta-glucan in oats that will also help slow down the digestion of your meal.

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