Fiber is found only in plant foods (beans, grains, fruits and vegetables). It gives plants their structure and cannot be digested by humans. Fiber plays an important role in your health. Most adults need to eat between 25 and 35 grams of fiber each day. To learn more about fiber sources and health benefits, read Figuring Out the Facts on Fiber.
You CAN overdo a good thing when it comes to fiber. Eating more than 50-60 grams of fiber a day may…
decrease the amount of vitamins and minerals your body absorbs, among them zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium.
move food through the digestive tract too quickly for some nutrients to be absorbed properly.
cause gas, diarrhea, bloating, diarrhea or stomach discomfort.
decrease your appetite for other nutrient-rich foods that are needed by the body for proper health.
Increase fiber in your diet slowly, and boost your fluid consumption by drinking 8 glasses of water daily.
Written by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
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