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DAY 3: Boost fibre at breakfast
It’s estimated that Canadians get only half the fibre they need each day. Women, aged 19 to 50, need 25 grams a day; men should strive for 38 grams. (Older women and men need 21 and 30 grams of fibre a day, respectively.)
To help you meet that target, start by increasing your fibre intake at breakfast. Try one of the following:
- Choose a breakfast cereal that contains at least 5 grams of fibre a serving
- Add ½ cup of 100 per cent bran cereal to your favourite whole-grain flake cereal
- Add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or raw wheat bran to oatmeal
- Include 1 whole fruit at breakfast
- If you eat toast, buy bread with at least 2 to 3 grams of fibre a slice
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