Why is it so hard to get the recommended amount of fiber a day, and what foods have a lot of fiber in them?

Achieving a goal of 25-35 grams of fiber a day may seem like an
impossible task to achieve. However, by making a few substitutions in
your diet you will be able to reach this goal easily. For example,
ready-to-use vegetables can allow chopped broccoli or carrots to be
added to casseroles or spaghetti sauce. Substitute whole-grain flour for
half or all of white flour when baking. Try to eat more beans and
lentils—kidney/garbanzo beans can be added to soups or salads. Black
beans can be combined with baked tortilla chips and salsa. I suggest
beginning each day with a high fiber breakfast cereal (containing 5 or
more grams of dietary fiber per serving). When snacking choose
fresh fruit or pre-cut raw vegetables and low fat dip.

Note: it is not recommended that you drastically increase fiber
intake, which can lead to digestive discomfort and bloating. I would
make changes gradually and increase fiber over time.

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