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Add Fiber To Your Diet - Having more fiber in your diet helps lower blood cholesterol and prevents constipation, and may help prevent cancer. Find out if you are shortchanging yourself and learn how to use fiber to improve your digestive health.

Nourish Your Digestive System - Our large intestine (colon) is home to 100 trillion “friendly” bacteria. These

bacteria help defend us against disease, make certain vitamins such as vitamin K, and help break down extra food residue that remains after digestion in the small intestine. Find out how consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, probiotics and prebiotics can help our bacteria stay within a healthy balance.

Rate Your Fiber Fitness - Fiber isn’t a “miracle food,”but adding fiber-rich foods to your diet can have h

ealth benefits. The National Cancer Institute suggests that foods high in fiber may be protective against some cancers, particularly colon cancer. Learn how soluble fiber (found in oats, dry edible beans, barley and fruits) helps lower blood cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber (found in wheat bran, whole-wheat products and vegetables) helps prevent ulcers, constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.

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This project is supported by the Rural Health & Safety Education Competitive Grant Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2013-46100-21467.

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