We all know that a huge benefit to fiber is, well, it gets things moving. But intestinal bonuses aside, fiber does a lot to help out your heart, reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids, keep your skin flawless and acne free, and aid in weight loss. Here are 16 foods you wouldn't suspect were high-fiber!
8.8 grams per cup, and they are protein and omega-3 rich too!
7.6 grams per cup, plus a deliciously refreshing taste! Try them with yogurt, in smoothies or on their own.
#3 Lima Beans
A whopping 13.2 grams per cup, and they make versatile meal additions. Pair them with leeks for a nutrient packed snack!
#4 Split Peas
They are in the lead with 16. 3 grams of fibre per cup and they lower bad cholesterol.
7.6 grams per cup, along with powerful antioxidants. Toss them in a summer salad with lemons and dill.
5.1 grams per cup. Known as one of the world's healthiest foods, broccoli is a detoxifier and is loaded with good-for-you flavanoids.
#7 Brussels Sprouts
4.1 grams per cup, but these little guys are also full of vitamin C and K, folate and omega-3s!
10.3 grams per cup. This thistle vegetable is very healthy for pregnant women as it is rich in folate which promotes good fetal development. Try roasted artichokes with lime and garlic seasoning.
You probably knew about this one, as they have an impressive 15.6 grams of fibre per cup. Great for stabilizing blood sugar levels, try lentils in soups, salads or curries.
5.5. grams per cup. Yummy for desserts, pears are anti-inflammation superstars.
#11 Bran Flakes
Another given, this cereal in raw form has 7 grams of fibre per cup and hefty amounts of protein.
#12 Whole-Wheat Pasta
6.3 grams per cup, and a great way to get your carb fix. Try a pasta salad, or adding in a creamy avocado to your noodle dish.
#13 Pearled Barley
6 grams per cup when cooked, and fun in a risotto, soup or salad.
4 grams per cup. Oatmeal is an amazing pre-workout snack which feeds your system lignans, a plant compound that is known to prevent heart disease.
6.7 grams per one avocado half, and delicious in anything! This superfood is low carb and high in good-for-you fats!
#16 Black Beans
15 grams of fibre per cup, cooked. Try a yummy protein and phytonutrient-loaded chilli!
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