Fiber in Foods – Carbs vs Fiber

Fiber in Foods – Carbs vs Fiber

Fiber can and should be an essential part of your diet.  Accumulating evidence indicates that greater dietary fiber intakes reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, weight gain, obesity, and diverticular disease. Certain foods like legumes, fruits, vegetables, rice, or even popcorn contain high amounts of fiber that can prolong your life. Check out the article below for more information.  The articles suggest a 5 to 1 ratio of carb to dietary fiber.  Basically in the carb section of the nutritional panel  the fiber should be at least 20% or more to help you reach your daily value of fiber.


Another quick note, fiber is considered a carb but it’s really isn’t the same. Because the fiber is not digestible it does not affect blood sugar levels.   According to University of California San Francisco you should subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate section of the nutritional panel.  See the article below.


So for those of you that want lower carbs certain foods like popcorn will work vs potato chips or granola bars.  Popcorn has about 4 grams of fiber for every ounce of Popcorn.  And just o you know 2.5 cups of popcorn is about 1 ounce .  So if you need that low carb, fiber rich snack consider Genius Popcorn. It’s an easy low calorie microwave popcorn snack.  Check out the link to learn more. Also feel free to read our other tips.

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