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Foods High in Fiber

Foods high in fiber have numerous health benefits. Mostly known for preventing constipation, it also maintains cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Dietary fiber is found only in plant foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Meat, milk and eggs do not contain fiber. Sometimes the way food is processed affects its fiber content. For example, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables contain just as much fiber as raw ones. However, drying and crushing foods, destroy the water-holding qualities of fiber. The removal of seeds, peels or hulls from fruits and vegetable reduces fiber content. Whole wheat bread contains more fiber than processed white bread.

Foods containing 5 g or more per serving are considered as high in fiber.  Foods containing 2.5 g to 4.9 g per serving are considered a good source of fiber. Below is a list of foods their fiber content.

Fruits Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Raspberries 1 cup 8.0
Pear, with skin 1 medium 5.1
Apple, with skin 1 medium 4.4
Figs, dried 2 medium 3.7
Blueberries 1 cup 3.5
Strawberries 1 cup 3.3
Banana 1 medium 3.1
Orange 1 medium 3.1
Raisins 1.5-ounce box 1.6
Grains, cereal & pasta Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Spaghetti, whole-wheat, cooked 1 cup 6.3
Barley, pearled, cooked 1 cup 6.0
Oat bran muffin 1 medium 5.2
Bran flakes 3/4 cup 5.1
Oatmeal, quick, regular or instant, cooked 1 cup 4.0
Popcorn, air-popped 3 cups 3.6
Brown rice, cooked 1 cup 3.5
Bread, rye 1 slice 1.9
Bread, whole-wheat or multigrain 1 slice 1.9
Legumes, nuts & seeds Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Split peas, cooked 1 cup 16.3
Lentils, cooked 1 cup 15.6
Black beans, cooked 1 cup 15.0
Lima beans, cooked 1 cup 13.2
Baked beans, vegetarian, canned, cooked 1 cup 10.4
Sunflower seeds, hulled 1/4 cup 3.6
Almonds 1 ounce (22 nuts) 3.3
Pistachio nuts 1 ounce (49 nuts) 2.9
Pecans 1 ounce (19 halves) 2.7
Vegetables Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Artichoke, cooked 1 medium 10.3
Peas, cooked 1 cup 8.8
Broccoli, boiled 1 cup 5.1
Turnip greens, boiled 1 cup 5.0
Sweet corn, cooked 1 cup 4.6
Brussels sprouts, cooked 1 cup 4.1
Potato, with skin, baked 1 medium 4.0
Tomato paste 1/4 cup 2.7
Carrot, raw 1 medium 1.7

Food Chart: Mayo Clinic