@MOOMSHINE I'm pre-diabetic and I watch my carbs as well, and I don't find it hard to reach my fiber goal. See, a tablespoon of flaxseed with every meal for example makes for almost half the daily requirement. I also eat high fiber low GI veggies like grape leaves (a vitamin A powerhouse - 3 cups for 6 carbs 70% of which is fiber), artichokes, brussels sprouts... etc. Essentially anything that has 30% or more of its carbs in form of fiber. I average about 30-40 grams of fiber a day which, though raises the number of carbs doesn't actually affect net carbs all that much. I experimented and found that it's the net carbs number, not the total carbs number that affects my blood sugar. But then again, your body might not respond to things the way mine does.
What this article fails to mention is that the one thing these foods have in common is a high amount of carbohydrates. So what is it that we diabetics who are eating reduced calories and reduced carbohydrates are supposed to do? No refined carbos, that's for sure, but 25-50 gr of fibre is a lot of calories and carbos. We need help with the math.
I don't eat wheat or grains so always worry about not getting enough fibre in. But I do have 2 T of flaxseed every single morning, a massive salad for lunch and lots of broccoli for dinner. I don't track it, but I'm sure I'm around the right number. Not had any problems/symptoms of lack of fibre so far anyway...
I hardly ever go under 40g Fibre daily - and it isn't uncommon to be 50+ g. I NEED to do this because otherwise I suffer considerably. It was a lot harder when I was on a lower calorie intake, but my Dietitian put me onto Benefiber and that helped a lot. If the nutrition label doesn't include fibre, I contact the manufacturers and ask them, stating for medical reasons. They are generally extremely helpful. If I don't get the answer, I don't eat it!
I"ve always had a good fiber count, but now that I'm down to eating 1250-1500 calories per day, I find I come up short! I've had to review the links on this page and find out how to keep it higher--mostly more fruits and veggies. Apples-Oats-Avocado! Getting closer in these farmer's market days.
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I make my own whole grain breads, cook brown and wild rice in advance and freeze serving portions. I also add 2 T of ground flax seed to something every day, smoothies, cereal, sauces, etc. Really enjoyed this article as I believe in getting my fiber naturally and not from a supplement.
I generally get sufficient fiber. I eat whole grain bread or crackers, a raw dinner size salad daily with veggies, seeds and or nuts, and fruit. I even add flax seeds into my homemade dressing. When cooking soups, I add lots of vegetables including beans.
If you aren't getting enough, try adding flax seeds and wheat germ to your morning cereal by cooking barley instead of oatmeal along with berries, applesauce, raisins & cinnamon. Now sweet enough still? Add a mashed very ripe banana and skip the sweetner. Yum!
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