Fiber is absolutely essential not only for bolstering everyday health, but also for avoiding health complications like heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Even for individuals who have no dietary considerations, getting enough fiber every day is a struggle.
This problem is exacerbated even more for all of us on a gluten-free diet, as many fiber-rich foods are wheat-based.
But don’t fret! There are still countless ways for you to get the 20-38 grams of gluten-free fiber you need every day. In this post, we’ll tell you how to do just that.
Gluten-Free Fiber Supplements (We’ve Talked About These Before!)
Fiber supplements are perhaps the easiest and most effective way to get your fiber out of the way. In a previous blog post on fiber supplements, we discussed traditional fiber powders (powders that imparted a slight flavor and color, such as Citrucel and Metamucil), as well as the newer vegetable fiber based powders (that contain no color or flavor). These powders can be quickly dissolved in water and consumed, making it a very convenient way to get your fiber.
It is important to remember that not all fiber supplements are gluten-free—some are derived from wheat and can contain a small amount of gluten. Look for fiber supplements marked as gluten-free.
Check Out Fiber Enriched Foods
Foods that are normally associated as gluten-rich can now be found in supermarkets where new formulations and recipes allow them to be reincarnated as gluten-free offerings. Many brands now offer gluten-free cereals and oatmeal in a variety of flavors, which are good sources of fiber. Glutino’s Sensible Beginnings cereal, and Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax with Chia cereal are our favorites!
Gluten-Free Foods Naturally Rich In Fiber
If you aren’t looking for fiber powders or modified gluten-free foods, there are plenty of gluten-free foods naturally rich in fiber. Fruits and vegetables all generally contain some amount of fiber, but some items contain more than others. Gluten-free foods that are naturally rich in fiber include berries like blackberries and raspberries, green peas, yams, sweet potatoes, lentils, beans, quinoa, and more. For the fruits and vegetables, it is best to eat the washed skin of the produce as well as much of the fiber is contained within the skin.
Although it can be a chore sometimes to try to adjust your meals to contain fiber, it is an important part of maintaining overall health, which can be turned into a tasty chore with a little thought and preparation.