National wellness authority, Joe Piscatella, discusses the health of our children and teens today and what can be done to improve their rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The lack of fiber and high amounts of refined sugars in the American diet, he says, are in large part to blame.
So how do you increase the amount of fiber in the diets of young people today? Joe describes three simple changes teens can make that will add fiber to their their diet and replace many of the sugars they’re so accustomed to consuming: fruit instead of fruit juice or cereals that provide fiber with lower amounts of sugar? Parents need to think about what they’re packing in their kids’ lunches and what their kids are eating for snacks and substitute healthier options with more fiber.