Study Finds Most Americans Don't Eat Enough Fiber

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Study Finds Most Americans Don't Eat Enough Fiber

Read on to learn more about the importance of fiber intake.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, little kids should aim to get about 19 to 25 grams of fiber per day, while older kids, teens and adults should aim to get 21 grams to 38 grams of fiber a day.

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Marla Reicks of the University of Minnesota led the study, which General Mils funded.

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Reicks and her team explored the whole grain and dietary fiber intakes of Americans aged two and above. They also used surveyed data from 9,042 people in 2009 and 2010.

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Reicks found that 42 percent of adults and 39 percent of children ate no whole grains whatsoever.

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Only 8 percent of adults and 3 percent of children and teens consumed the recommended three servings of fiber per day.

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According to the study, the most common sources of whole grains were oatmeal, bread, breakfast cereals, rolls and popcorn.

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Reicks recommends looking for the whole grain versions of breads, oatmeals and breakfast cereals to increase fiber intake.

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Reicks also explains that food labels can be confusing. “Some products indicate the whole grain content in grams on the label, which is very useful if you know how much whole grain is needed to count as a serving. And some use the whole grain stamp (The Whole Grains Council), but not all,” she said.

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Fiber is an important component to include in a healthy diet. Recent studies have associated whole grain intake to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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According to the National Fiber Council, a high fiber diet can lower cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, and even help in maintaining a healthy weight.

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According to a recent study, most Americans aren't eating enough fiber.

Even if avoiding whole grains by going gluten-free is trendy, it doesn't mean you should ignore fiber intake. Eating the proper amount of fiber can provide a host of benefits, and could potentially ward off disease.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about getting the right amount of fiber.

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