At Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists of Tidewater, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives. Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you. If you still have questions, please contact us through our website.

High Fiber Diet

Foods rich in fiber are often low in calories and fat and they fill you up more. They may also reduce your risks for certain health problems. To find out the amount of fiber in canned, packaged or frozen food, read the “Nutrition Facts” label. It tells you how much fiber is in a serving.

Types of Fiber and Their Benefits:

There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. They both aid digestion and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Insoluble fiber: This is found in whole grains, cereals, certain fruits and vegetables (such as apple skin, corn and carrots). Insoluble fiber may prevent constipation and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

Soluble fiber: This type of fiber is in oats, beans and certain fruits and vegetables (such as strawberries and peas). Soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol (which may help lower the risk of heart disease), and helps control blood sugar levels.

Look for High-Fiber Foods:

  • Whole grain breads and cereals. Try to eat 6-8 ounces a day. Include wheat and oat bran cereals, whole-wheat muffins or toast, and brown rice in your meals.
  • Fruits. Try to eat 2 cups a day. Apples, oranges, strawberries, pears and bananas are good sources. (Note: fruit juice is low in fiber).• Vegetables. Try to eat 3 cups a day. Add asparagus, carrots, broccoli, peas and corn to your meals.
  • Legumes (beans). Try navy beans, lentils, and chickpeas.
  • Seeds and Nuts. A small handful of seeds or nuts give you about 3 grams of fiber.

Keep Track of Your Fiber

A healthy diet includes 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day if you have a 2,000-calorie diet. Keep tract of how much fiber you eat. Start by reading food labels. Eat a variety of foods high in fiber. Ask your doctor about supplemental fiber products.

Dietary Fiber Content of Common Fruits, Vegetables, Grains and Other Foods

Food Serving Size Total Dietary Fiber
(grams/serving
Fruits
Prunes, dried
5 prunes 3.0
Orange 1 orange 3.1
Apple, Large with skin 1 apple 3.7
Banana 1 banana 2.8
Raisins 1 miniature box 0.6
Figs, Dried 2 figs 4.6
Peaches, canned 1/2 cup 1.3
Strawberries, raw 1 cup, sliced 3.8
Vegetables
Beans, Kidney, canned
1/2 cup 4.5
Peas, split, cooked 1/2 cup 8.1
Lentils, cooked 1/2 cup 8.1
Lettuce, iceberg 1 cup, shredded 0.8
Peas, green, canned 1/2 cup 3.5
Brussels sprouts 1/2 cup 2.0
Asparagus, cooked 1/2 cup 1.5
Corn, whole Kernel, canned 1/2 cup 2.0
Carrots, raw 1/2 cup 1.8
Potatoes, boiled 1/2 cup 1.3
Celery, raw 1/2 cup 1.0
Tomato, fresh 1/2 cup 1.5
Grains
Wheat bran flakes
3/4 cup 4.6
Raisin bran 1 cup 7.5
Shredded Wheat 2 biscuits 5.0
Cheerios 3/4 cup 2.7
Rice, brown cooked 1 cup 3.5
Bread, white wheat 1 slice 0.6
Bread, whole wheat 1 slice 1.9
Oatmeal cooked 3/4 cup 3.0
Oat bran muffin 1 muffin 2.6
Rye crispbread 1 wafer 1.7
Graham cracker 2 squares 0.4
Pop corn, air popped 3 cups 3.6
Other
Apple pie
1 piece 1.9
Nuts, mixed, dry roast 1 oz 2.6
Chocolate cake 1 slice 1.8
Yellow cake 1 slice 0.2
Meats and Protein
Eggs
1 each 0
Fish, Beef, Pork, Poultry 1 oz 0
Dairy
Cheese
1 oz 0
Ice Cream, Vanilla 1/2 cup 0.5
Yogurt, plain 8 oz 0
Milk 8 oz 0

Source: Adapted from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2001. USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 14. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp