The American Deficit: Too Little Fiber
Americans aren’t getting enough fiber, a large study revealed. Researchers asked 23,168 adults to describe their eating habits and found that, on average, they ate around 16 grams of fiber per day. The recommended dose? Experts say men should eat between 30 and 38 grams of fiber a day while women need between 21 and 25 grams. Participants who hit their fiber goals were at lower risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Good sources of fiber include bran, broccoli, beans, cabbage, and berries.
Source: The American Journal of Medicine, Oct. 9, 2013