A diet rich(er) in fiber – this is how easy it can be implemented

Last week you already learned what dietary fiber is and what effect it has on our body (
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). Now you probably want to know how a high-fiber diet can be implemented.

That’s why today we’re letting you know which foods are particularly rich in fiber and how much of them you should consume.

High fiber foods

Intact cereals and cereal products made from the whole grain are particularly high in fiber. The dietary fiber is found in the outer layers of the grain. As already mentioned in the previous B

  • contribution mentioned, legumes, vegetables and fruits are also rich in fiber. Nevertheless, a difference in dietary fiber content can be observed within these groups.

For a higher fiber diet, the following substitutions can be made:

White bread or rolls made from white flour ( wholemeal flour) are replaced with wholemeal bread/rolls. Whether the whole wheat bread is made from wheat, spelt, rye or any cereal, as long as the whole grain has been processed, it is in any case higher in fiber than white or toast bread.
The same applies to all other cereal products. Accordingly, other possible substitutions would be: polished rice to brown rice, pasta to whole wheat pasta, cornflakes to homemade breakfast porridge (e.g., with oatmeal), etc.
Apples, pears, berries, cabbage vegetables, carrots, lentils, peas, etc. are also particularly rich in fiber.

This is recommended by nutrition societies

The German[1], Austrian[2] and Swiss[3] Societies for Nutrition recommend consuming at least 30 g of dietary fiber per day.

The intake for one day could therefore look like this: (from https://www.dge-medienservice.de/ballaststoffe.html)

  • 3 slices of wholemeal bread (150 g) –> 12.2 g fiber
  • 2-3 potatoes (250 g) –> 3.0 g
  • 1 serving broccoli (150 g) –> 4.5 g
  • 1 serving peppers (150 g) –> 5.4 g
  • one apple (125 g) –> 2.5 g
  • Berry fruit (125 g) –> 2.5 g
  • Total fiber intake = 30.1 g

Finally, two valuable tips

–>Be careful with the change: If you have been eating a very low-fiber diet, it would be good if the change to a high-fiber diet happens gradually. This way your body can gradually get used to it.

–>drink enough: In order for the dietary fibers to develop their effect, you should drink enough. Approx. 1.5 to 2 l of water/unsweetened teas would be preferable here.

Good luck with the implementation and see you soon!






[1] https://www.dge.de/index.php?id=52

[2] https://www.oege.at/index.php/medien-presse/pressemeldungen-aktuell/2226-ballaststoffe-wie-wirken-sie-und-welchen-beitrag-koennen-sie-zur-gesundheitspraevention-leisten

[3] http://www.sge-ssn.ch/media/Nahrungsfasern-1.pdf

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