The Fiber Follies


by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

A few years ago, when adding fiber to packaged foods apparently was a way to get them added to customers’ shopping carts, I had an incident I will forever remember as The Day I Needed To Find a New Yoga Studio. It started off with fiber-added muffin mix that I doctored up with naturally fiber-rich canned pumpkin (because I love pumpkin muffins) and a cup of coffee.

The Fiber Follies

I’d rather not go into the horror of what happened when I attempted inversions after this fiber-packed morning, but let’s just say everyone in the class caught wind of my breakfast, multiple times. I have avoided anything processed with extra fiber since then (still eat plenty of veggies and legumes), but I have concerns that I am not getting enough. Fortunately, my favorite TV doc came to the rescue (as usual) this week with his useful guide to getting the right amount—and right kind–of fiber.

Here are a few takeaways from that episode:

  1. First of all, the doc said too much fiber at one time can cause painful GI issues. Um, ya think??
  2. You’ll want to shoot for 30 grams of fiber in a day. Not too hard to hit that number if you have, say, Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain hot cereal with fruit and for breakfast, and then the rest of your day is all about salad, salad, salad…
  3. The kind of fiber you eat matters! Half should be soluble (think asparagus, grapefruit) and half should be insoluble (beans, raspberries).
  4. As I suspected, the doctor is NOT a fan of those added-fiber products like my infamous pancakes. Better to go with old-fashioned oatmeal and fruit than anything in a shiny wrapper, my friends!

Do you have any fiber-related faux pas? Tweet me @anitasjourney or comment below!