If the first ingredient reads “enriched” or “refined,” then chances are the fiber grams per serving are equal to or less than 1 gram and the beneficial fiber has been removed in processing. Make the time to check your bread label and see how much fiber you are eating.
■ A “good” source of fiber = 10 percent Daily Value, or 3 grams per serving;
■ An “excellent” source of fiber = 20 percent Daily Value, or 5 grams of fiber.
April Graff, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian at both Mankato Hy-Vee stores and can be reached at AGraff@hy-vee.com or call 625-1107 or 625-9070. Send her questions about food and nutrition, recipes, meal planning and healthy shopping.
How to add more fiber to your diet ■ Try to have at least one fruit and or vegetable with each meal. ■ Leave the skin on fruits and vegetables. ■ Serve hummus instead of high-fat dips. ■ Include a whole grain at each meal and snack (read the ingredient list). ■ Add beans to soup and casseroles. ■ Prepare a whole-grain for breakfast such as quinoa, steel-cut oats or barley.