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Getting Enough Fiber?

Charlyn Fargo on

Q: I've heard fruit is high in sugar. Should I stop eating it?

A: Fruit contains natural sugars. Because of the fiber and other vitamins and minerals in the whole fruit, the natural sugars are processed differently than added sugars are. A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, June 2021, found that at least two servings of whole fruit daily may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 36%. The study analyzed the fruit and fruit juice intake of 7,675 Australians over five years and found an association between fruit intake and insulin sensitivity, suggesting more fruit (but not fruit juice) required lower insulin production to reduce blood glucose. Researchers concluded that was due to fruit's higher fiber and nutrition content, helping slow the release of sugar into the body.

RECIPE

Most of us have been making our chili the same way for years. Here's a great chili recipe -- with 12 grams of fiber -- to try for the fall season. It includes three different kinds of beans and several vegetables. It's adapted from Hy-Vee.com.

THREE-BEAN AND BEEF CHILI

Servings: 8

 

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large Vidalia onion, diced, divided

1 (32-ounce) carton beef broth, low sodium

1 (16-ounce) packet chili seasoning mix

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