Dietary Fiber

Not the most exciting topic but very important! Fiber intake helps prevent chronic disease, regulate hunger and helps with bowels. By definition, fiber is an “indigestible carbohydrate”. That means that your body can’t break down the fiber itself and it passes through the body whole.

Examples of fiber are beans, whole grains (like brown rice, whole wheat bread and high fiber cereal), fruit and vegetables. Adults need between 2o-30 grams of fiber daily for good health. Typically, the average American gets between 15-18 grams of fiber daily.

7 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget                                                                            

1. Buy fresh produce when it's in season. It’s going to be cheaper and tastier. If you can freeze some for later, even better! 

What’s in season now?

Apples, apricots, asparagus, banana, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, pineapple, radishes, rhubarb, strawberries, swiss chard (or other cooking greens), turnips

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome (sometimes called syndrome X) is a group of risk factors that exist in one person. Some of the underlying causes of this syndrome that give rise to metabolic risk factors include being overweight or obese, having insulin resistance, being physically inactive and genetic factors.

It is a serious health condition and people with metabolic syndrome have a higher risk of diseases related to fatty buildups in the artery walls. Heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease are examples. They are also at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as excess body fat. Simply stated, your body has saved too much energy (in the form of fat) for later. This may be because you ate too many calories, your metabolism is sluggish or you didn’t move your body enough. Some medical conditions and medications can cause weight gain. Currently, about 72 millions adults in the United States are obese. Non-Hispanic black women and Hispanics have the highest rates of obesity (41.9% and 30.7%)