I know that dietary fiber should be an important part of my daily diet. But I worry that high fiber foods may add up to a lot of extra calories. Is this true?
Many foods that are excellent sources of fiber, such as barley, legumes (lentils, beans, peas), fruits and vegetables are actually lower in calories than many other foods because these fiber-rich foods contain little or no fat. And as an added bonus, fiber-rich foods tend to take longer to digest, making you feel fuller longer. This in turn may lessen the likelihood of overeating.