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Nutrition News: Holiday Strategies

Charlyn Fargo on

Q and A

Q: I'm looking for a fiber supplement. Is psyllium or wheat bran better?

A: Boosting fiber is a great goal. Fiber is found naturally in many plants, including legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. The two most common fiber supplements are psyllium and wheat bran, and each contains a different kind of fiber. Psyllium, derived from the seeds of an herb, is a soluble fiber like the fiber in oats and beans. Psyllium forms a gel with water in the gut, making it easier to pass stool. It's helpful with constipation and diarrhea. Soluble fiber also slows digestion, feeds gut microbes and helps lower cholesterol. Wheat bran, the outer layer of the wheat kernel, is an insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, which can help with movement through the colon and help prevent constipation. All fiber is helpful and important for a healthy diet.

RECIPE

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you're hosting the big event, you may be scrambling for just one more recipe to make it complete. Here's one I recommend -- a twist on the usual sweet potatoes that you can do in the slow cooker. It's from Eating Well magazine.

SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH BOURBON PECANS

 

4 pounds sweet potatoes

Zest and juice of 1 orange

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

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