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Diet Information

High Fiber Diet

Fiber (also known as residue) is the indigestible component of foods. Plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and bran are high in fiber, especially when they are uncooked. Animal products, such as meat, cheese and eggs, and processed foods are low in fiber.

Whole Grain Breads and Cereals: Avoid white bread (bleached flour) and processed cereals. Choose whole wheat and oat bran breads, rolls and muffins. Read labels carefully, since "multi-grain" products are often white bread in disguise. For cereals choose shredded wheat, granola, bran flakes, rolled oats and oatmeal.

Vegetables: Tomatoes, cabbage, celery, broccoli and cauliflower are all high in fiber, especially when they are consumed raw. Brussels sprouts, corn and peas are excellent sources of fiber even after cooking. Baked beans are loaded with fiber, as is popcorn.

Fruits: Remember, an apple a day will keep the doctor away. Excellent sources of fiber include raw apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, raisins, dates, pineapple and blueberries. Avoid fruit juice, they are mostly water and sugar and contain little fiber.

Sample Menu

Breakfast

  • "Traditional" oatmeal: "Quick" oats are more processed and have less fiber. For even more fiber look for "steel-cut" oats in health food stores.
  • High fiber cereals, such as shredded wheat, bran flakes or granola

Lunch

  • A sandwich on whole wheat bread (avoid white bread)
  • An apple, orange, dates or plumb
  • A raw tomato or salad

Snack

  • Fruit
  • Corn or bran muffin

Dinner

  • Two servings of vegetables (peas, broccoli and cauliflower are good sources of fiber)
  • Whole wheat or bran bread