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Why is Fiber Important for Heart Health?

There are a lot of foods that impact heart health and lower calcium build-up. As cardiologists,  we talk a lot about heart-healthy diets, and one of the keys is fiber. Today, we look at why fiber is important to your heart health.

Fiber Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Fiber is a complex carbohydrate and is considered a part of the plant that cannot be digested. As a result, it contributes no calories to your diet. When it comes to fiber, there are two types:

As high cholesterol and weight are contributing factors to heart disease, a diet high in fiber can naturally help lower both. Not to mention, it will help control blood sugar levels if you have diabetes or prediabetes. And, it will help keep your digestive system healthy, making fiber a true superfood for overall health.

Fiber Intake

To help you get enough fiber, use our Fiber Calculator.

Tips to Add Fiber to Your Diet

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Switching to fiber is a process. You do not need to make a sudden shift. Instead, gradually add more fiber to your diet. Doing too much too soon can promote intestinal gas, bloating, and cramping. And, when adding fiber, be sure to drink plenty of water.

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