Many health authorities agree having a good healthy breakfast is a great way to start your day. And having high fiber foods, like cereal or oatmeal, for breakfast is probably the best way to get your day off to a healthy and delicious start.
Why? To begin with, everyone needs to get enough fiber in their daily diet to help control blood sugar and cholesterol. Healthy blood sugar and cholesterol counts help prevent diabetes and heart disease, two major killer diseases.
If thatís not a good enough reason to get you to eat more high fiber cereal and oatmeal for breakfast, fiber is also essential for bowel regularity, constipation relief and hemorrhoid prevention. And since cereals, and other foods high in fiber are both filling and indigestible, they make an excellent contribution to healthy weight management.
Why Americans Need More Fiber
Living on a diet of white bread, white pasta and other processed grains and very little fruits and vegetables is not a very healthy lifestyle. The standard American diet is the reason why only about 5% of the population are getting the 24 to 38 grams of daily fiber they need to be healthy.
Not consuming sufficient high fiber is also the major reason why so many Americans suffer from bowel problems, high blood sugar and cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.
Heart disease is our number one killer. Diabetes is not too far behind. In fact, many experts believe the diabetes rate is reaching epidemic proportions. Millions of people also suffer from blood sugar and high cholesterol disorders. And countless others, including many children and youngsters, complain of chronic constipation.
A healthy diet of low fat meat and dairy and whole grain high fiber foods, including bread, cereals, pasta and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables provide both prevention and relief for all of these problems, as well as many other unhealthy conditions.
How to Get More Fiber
To make it easy to choose the best high fiber foods, print out my excellent list of the healthiest fiber rich foods, learn all about how to include high fiber supplements to increase your daily fiber grams and check out my guidelines for a healthy high fiber diet.
And when shopping for high fiber foods, like cereals, always choose 100% whole grain varieties. These courser, rougher varieties provide the most bran that will help increase stool bulk. Added bulk moves waste through the colon much faster. Also make it a point to avoid more commercial brands of cereal that contain added sweeteners (sugar), salt or other additives.
Beginning your day with a steaming bowl of high fiber oatmeal or a bowl of low fat yogurt and crunchy whole grain cereal with a crushed banana and/or some fresh or frozen berries is a fantastic way to get your day off on the right foot. It's quick, tastes great and is good for you.
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