Session 15. Favoring Fiber

The Physicians Committee

Session 15. Favoring Fiber

Aim: To help participants to select healthy fiber-rich foods.


  • Attendance sheet
  • Chapter 15: Favoring Fiber from Nutrition Education Curriculum DVD
  • AV equipment to show DVD
  • Extension cord
  • Large writing surface and writing tool
  • Paper/pens for group members
  • Quick Fiber Check handout (Note: This was used in an earlier session, but it bears repeating.)

Welcome and Introductions:

  • As participants arrive, ask them to fill out a Quick Fiber Check.
  • Pass around attendance sheet.
  • Ask participants (one by one) to discuss their successes and challenges of the past week.


DVD (10:07): “Favoring Fiber” from Eating Right for Cancer Survival: Disc 1, Show 3

The DVD covers:

  • The main sources of fiber are beans, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
  • Fiber is filling, with almost no calories.
  • Every 14 grams of fiber you add to your diet cuts your calorie intake by 10 percent (because you fill up sooner).
  • Aim for 40 grams per day, about 3 grams per serving of food.
  • Fiber (soluble fiber that is) also lowers cholesterol.
  • If beans cause gassiness, have smaller portions, and cook them until very soft.

Lecture and Discussion:

  • Discuss why fiber rich foods are healthy.
  • Give examples of high-fiber foods.

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