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Hi. I'm Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this
segment, I'm going to talk about fiber and where to find it on the food label. If you
look here, dietary fiber is found under "Total Carbohydrates." Dietary fiber is important
in the diet because it keeps the digestive system healthy. It can also help decrease
cholesterol among other health benefits. Fiber is usually found in grains, especially whole
grains. It is found in vegetables and fruits. If you look on this tray here, all of these
foods provide fiber for the diet. However, nuts do not and the cheese does not either.
But, all of the other foods do. Celery is extremely high in fiber. When you eat celery,
the crunch and then the chewing, the fibrous material that you start to feel that is stringy
and starts to pull apart...that is the fiber that you are eating. Hummus is full of beans
which is very high in fiber. Some of these whole grains and then fruits and vegetables
are also really great options to increase fiber in your diet.