Why High-Fiber Foods Aren't Just for Old People

Fiber is an important nutrient in every athlete's diet.

When you think about fiber, you might think about foods that help old people go to the bathroom. Yes, fiber is important for this purpose, but it has other benefits that can help an athlete's diet.

STACK talked to sports dietitian Leslie Bonci to learn why fiber is good for you and what foods are good sources of it.

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Fiber helps you feel full longer and can help stabilize your blood sugar and your cholesterol.

There are two types of fiber, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber helps your body move food through your system more regularly. It is found in whole wheat products like pasta, bread and cereal. Soluble fiber dissolves in water. It is found in foods like bananas, vegetables, oats and beans.

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When you eat the two types of fiber together, you go a long way toward ensuring that your body will stay healthy. If you are over 18, you need 21 to 38 grams of fiber per day. So make sure there is some fiber in each of your meals.

Once you increase your fiber intake, make sure to increase your fluid intake as well. That way, you will guard against constipation.

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Topics: DIET | FIBER