Fiber may not be as trendy to talk about as some other nutrients. But it's an important — and often overlooked — part of a healthy diet. Although we aren't able to actually digest fiber, it has a "sponge-like" effect, helping to absorb water for smoother digestion. Fiber is also linked to heart health, stable blood sugar and weight loss or maintenance.
Depending on your gender and age, adults should consume about 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day. But the typical American is only meeting half of his or her daily needs! If you're looking to get more fiber in your diet, read on to find out some foods you might want to add to your grocery list.