HEALTHY LIVING

Fiber Sources: 7 Surprisingly Rich Foods

11/26/2012 08:29 am ET | Updated Nov 11, 2013

High fiber foods are not only important for digestive health -- they can also help to maintain weight, lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, prevent colon cancer and more.

Yet despite their incredible health boost, as HuffPost's Catherine Pearson previously reported, we aren't eating nearly enough of the stuff:

To get those benefits, the Institute of Medicine recommends individuals eat 14 grams for every 1,000 calories of food, which means most of us should be getting between 25 and 40 grams daily. But, as the National Institutes of Health reports, we tend to fall way short -- the average American gets only about 14 grams per day.

But beyond the usual culprits -- whole grains, leafy vegetables and dried fruit -- what other foods can pack a high fiber punch? Here are a few more to add to your repertoire:

Surprisingly High Fiber Foods
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