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Go for the Fiber

by Jill Weisenberger, MS RDN CDE FAND

Go for the Fiber Fiber intakes are low among both children and adults, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. This neglected nutrient might help prevent obesity, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Plus it's important for a healthy GI tract. Offer your kids at least two foods with fiber at each meal and at least one at each snack. You'll find great taste and plenty of fiber in whole-grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. Whole-grain breakfast cereals, waffles, breads and crackers are a few more tasty ways to sneak in some fiber. Look for at least three grams of fiber on the package's Nutrition Facts Label.
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About the author:

Jill S Weisenberger MS RDN CDE FAND

Jill Weisenberger, MS RDN CDE FAND

is a nutrition writer, consultant and spokesperson based in Virginia. She is the author of "Diabetes Weight Loss Week by Week" (American Diabetes Association, 2012). Visit Jill's website at www.jillweisenberger.com.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.


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