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Dandrea-Russert Releases The Fiber Effect

Apr 01, 2021 08:30AM ● By Paul Chen
Registered dietician Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, recently released her first book, The Fiber Effect: Stop Counting Calories and Start Counting Fiber for Better Health.

Dandrea-Russert has been featured in Yoga Journal, Veg News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her plant-based chocolate company, nicobella organics. A registered dietitian/nutritionist for 25 years, she specializes in heart disease, diabetes, sports nutrition and women’s health. For 10 years, she has been focusing on plant-based lifestyles and on educating people about plant-based eating for optimal personal and planetary health. Her plant-based blog, “purely planted,” offers wellness tips, recipes and inspiration.

“The Fiber Effect is the opposite of typical diet culture,” says Dandrea-Russert, “which restricts certain foods or food groups and results in the negative mentality of ‘I can’t have [fill in the blank].’ The book emphasizes adding whole, vibrant foods to your plate that are energizing and health-promoting. Eventually, you don’t need to count anything since adding high-fiber foods becomes a healthy habit.”

Dandrea-Russert says that she was inspired to write the book by working with nutrition clients that typically focus on counting calories, carbohydrates and sugar rather than focusing on fiber, one of the most important aspects of a healthy diet. Fiber is critical for digestion and for heart, brain, gut and skin health, yet only 5% of Americans get the recommended amount of fiber each day.

The Fiber Effect is sold through popular booksellers and at

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