The Secret Life Of
A High Fiber Foods Addict
Shank, aka "Fiberlady"
It begins with the unexplained longer hours at the grocery store. You
peruse every nutritional label for the fiber count. There is a sense of
smugness as you reach for one loaf after another of high-fiber whole-wheat
bread so you can check which one has the highest gram count of dietary
fiber. The clerks suspiciously glance your way as you inadvertently
rearrange the stock on the shelves. There is an irresistible impulse to be
the shopper who "knows".
You openly recite the top ten high fiber foods and their subsequent fiber
count while stalking the produce section.
Ready or not.
Fiber count for 1/2 cup servings:
Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries : 4-5 grams
Broccoli: 4-5 grams
Peas: 7-9 grams
Sweet Corn: 5 grams
Medium Apple: 4 grams
Medium Pear: 4 grams
Medium Idaho Potato: 4-5 grams
3 Dried Figs: 10 grams
Beans: 6-10 grams
Greens: 4-6 grams
The daily minimum requirement for reaching a high fiber standard is 25-30
grams. It is a goal that few Americans meet. The average fiber consumption
is about 11 grams daily. There really is no excuse for the deficit other
than lack of awareness. Our society emphasizes fast food and fast eating
as we rush about our lives trying to stretch out the minutes in a day. All
we are stretching is our waistbands.
Here are some of the leading chronic diseases and conditions of our time:
diabetes, obesity, diverticulitis, colon cancer and polyps, colitis, high
cholesterol, Crohn's disease, IBS, and hemorrhoids. Every one of these
conditions can be dramatically affected by choosing foods high in fiber as
part of the daily diet. The risks are greatly reduced. Isn't it time you
confessed your desire for better health?
It's not easy being green.
Who is out there to spread the high fiber word to others and their
children? Who can reveal without judgment the importance of a high-fiber
diet? Somebody must be responsible for the masses. Yes...the celery
stalker, Fiberlady. Here is one of Fiberlady's favorite summertime dishes.
The secret ingredient makes this potato salad different from all the rest!
South African Potato Salad
12 medium white potatoes with skin
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook
for 10 minutes. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool.
Add whole potatoes to the water and boil until a knife is easily inserted,
but they are not too soft. Drain and cool.
2. Peel and chop the eggs and place them in a large serving bowl. Stir in
the green onions. When the potatoes have cooled, peel and chop then add
them to the bowl. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and stir in the
mayonnaise. Sprinkle parley over the top. Chill until serving. This is
best served chilled.
Per Serving: Calories: 349; Total Fat: 23.1 grams
Fiber: 4.7 grams
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Stephanie Shank aka "Fiberlady" has studied nutrition for many healthy years
which prompted her commitment to a high fiber lifestyle and the
development of her informative website
High Fiber Health.
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