High-fiber foods

This list may help if your loved one has constipation or weight gain. Full credit goes to the American Cancer Society’s “Eating Hints.”


Main meals and other foods

  • Bran muffins
  • Bran or whole-grain cereals
  • Cooked dried or canned peas and beans (such as lentils or pinto, black, red, or kidney beans)
  • Peanut butter (and other nut butters)
  • Soups with vegetables and beans (such as lentil and split pea)
  • Whole-grain cereals (such as oatmeal and shredded wheat)
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Whole-wheat pasta


Fruit and vegetables

  • Apples
  • Berries (such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Dried fruit (such as apricots, dates, prunes, and raisins)
  • Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens)
  • Peas
  • Potatoes with skins
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams



  • Bran snack bars
  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Seeds (such as pumpkin or sunflower)
  • Trail mix