The recommended intake for total fiber for adults 50 years and younger is set at 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women, while for men and women over 50 it is 30 and 21 grams per day, respectively, due to decreased food consumption.
Do you really need to worry about getting the different types of fiber? Probably not. As long as you eat a variety of high-fiber foods such as grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, you will get plenty of soluble and insoluble fibers.
People who currently have low fiber diets may want to increase their daily intake ofhigh fiber foods slowly because some fiber may increase gas and bloating. The body adjusts the increased amount of fiber over time and the gas and bloating will decrease.
This Week's Assignment
Whole grain products such as oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice, spelt bread and whole grain pasta are very healthy sources of complex carbohydrates (learn more about carbohydrates) and fiber, plus lots of vitamins and minerals. Since many people do not get enough fiber in their diets, I would like you to concentrate on adding whole grains to your diet this week. If you really don't eat any whole grains, add one serving of a whole grain to your diet every day. If you eat one or two servings of whole grains each day, add one more serving. Everyone should eat at least three servings of whole grain products each day.
Not sure which products are whole grain products? Look for 100-percent whole grain or 100-percent whole wheat on the label of your bread and cereal products. The Whole Grain Council has even more information on whole grains: Whole Grains 101
This Week's QuizYou can test your knowledge of fiber with this quiz: Quiz Two - Fiber
This is lesson two of the basic nutrition - macronutrients e-course. Up next, lesson three is about protein. You may sign up for the whole e-course at Basic Nutrition - Macronutrients
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