You probably already know that fiber helps with digestion. Did you know it could have big benefits for your heart too?

To keep your heart healthy, add fiber to your diet. Recent research revealed that for every 7 grams of fiber eaten, the risk for cardiovascular disease was lowered by 9 percent. The extra fiber is the equivalent of two to four servings of fruits and vegetables, or the combination of one serving of whole grains and one serving of beans.

A healthier heart is within reach.

To get more fiber, try: 1/2 cup lentils, black beans or pinto beans = 8 grams, a medium pear, a handful of almonds or 1 cup oatmeal gives you 4 grams a medium banana, apple or orange = 3 grams.  Learn more at

This is Judy Barbe helping you LiveBest.