Dr Oz: Get More Fiber
Dr Oz held up a gold-colored box and explained that inside was something that approximately 90% of us aren’t getting enough of. He said it’s an ingredient that can help us lose weight, and protect against heart disease and colon cancer. So what is it? Fiber. The good news is that he has a “fiber fix” for all those who need it.
Dr Oz put up some pictures of foods and asked one woman to pick three that she thought contained a lot of fiber. She could choose from oranges, beans, broccoli, nuts, peas, raspberries, pears, and apples. She chose broccoli, apples, and raspberries, but the audience didn’t seem to think she was too correct. Dr Oz then explained that it was actually a trick because they all have a lot of fiber.
Dr Oz: Eat More Pistachios
Dr Oz welcomed author of The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz, who said she thinks that the misconception about fiber is that it tastes like cardboard. Fiber can actually keep you satisfied, prevent constipation, and get rid of toxins. Women typically need about 25 grams of fiber each day, but are only getting 14 grams on average.
Dr Oz first suggested pistachio nuts as a way to get more fiber. Rebecca said pistachios are incredibly satiating and you can make pesto out of them or enjoy them plain as a snack. Just one quarter of a cup has about 4 grams of fiber, so they get you on the right track. They have three times as much fiber as cashews, and Dr Oz suggested eating about 50 of them each day.
Dr Oz: Avocado For Fiber
Secondly, Dr Oz suggested avocado, which certainly doesn’t taste like cardboard. Avocados are actually fruits because they have pits! Rebecca explained that just one cup of avocado contain about 9 grams of fiber. You can put them on sandwiches, make guacamole, or even throw them in your smoothies, like I sometimes do!
Dr Oz: Best Way To Cook Brussels Sprouts
Lastly, Dr Oz had a “controversial fiber fix,” which was Brussels sprouts. Rebecca said too many people have experienced poorly made Brussels sprouts. She said the best way to make them is to roast them with some olive oil and mustard. Just one cup roasted provides about three grams of fiber. Brussels sprouts are great for helping detoxify the body and they also work as an anti-inflammatory.
Dr Oz said you should be warned that they can sometimes cause a little gas, but that’s only normal! What’s your favorite way to get more fiber in your diet?