Fiber: Why is it important?

By: Melissa Morningstar, RDN, LD

Most Americans do not have enough fiber in their diet. Fiber is found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains like quinoa and oatmeal. The chart below lists the recommended fiber intake based on gender and age. Most Americans consume about 10‐15 grams of fiber per day, which is below the recommended intake. Fiber is important for overall good health. Fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent constipation and help with weight management.

 

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