All of these are common food items and fall into three main categories: Vegetables, Grains, Fruits & Nuts.  Including them in your daily diet will help maintain a healthy digestive system, decrease the likelihood of hemmorhoidal problems and may even assist in avoiding certain types of cancer.

- Beans and peas etc. are wonderfully rich in fiber.
     Includes baked beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, split peas, lima beans, kidney beans            and pinto beans
- Sweet corn
- Broccoli
     One of the best for high fiber.
- Baked potato with the skin
     The crisp skin is great for fiber.  Mashed and boiled potatoes are good too.        Avoid French fries. They often contain too much harmful fat left from cooking.
- Green snap beans, pole beans, and broad beans
- Greens
     This subgroup includes spinach, beet greens, kale, collards, Swiss chard and turnip greens.           Once again, preparation is important. Avoid greens prepared with fats like bacon grease etc.
- Carrots
- Brussels sprouts

- Bran cereals
     Check the package.  Some prepared cereals are higher in fiber           than others.
- Whole-wheat and other whole-grain cereal products.
- Rye, oats, buckwheat and stone-ground cornmeal are all high in             fiber.  Bread, pastas, pizzas, pancakes and muffins made with           whole-grain flours are a good source of fiber too.

Fruits & Nuts:
Dried fruit
     Figs are highest of all dried fruits followed by apricots and dates
- Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries
- Plums, pears, and apples
- Raisins and prunes
- Cherries
- Bananas
- Nuts
     Especially almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and walnuts.  But be aware they         contain high amounts of fats.
- Coconut
     While coconut is relatively high in fiber, it also contains saturated fat (as do        avocados).  As with all items, moderation is a key to success.

Easily explained, fiber is indigestible food particles that absord water.  When you eat foods high in fiber, your digestive system allows  fiber particles to mix with your stool.

The added moisture lubricates the colon and makes bowel movements easier.  Without fiber’s lubricating qualities, bowel movements can require straining effort.  That effort contributes to hemorrhoid problems.

What is Fiber and why do we need it?

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