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Fiber Intake

Posted by terrepruitt on July 21, 2009

Do you know how much fiber is ideal?  Do you know how much fiber the average American eats?

First of all let me tell you a little “un-detailed” story.  I visited a friend on the outskirts of San Jose one day and she had a snack sitting on her counter.  She asked me to try it and she said if I liked it I could have it because she didn’t really like them and they “didn’t agree” with her partner.  Well, I liked them, and so she let me have them.  When I got home, I had to laugh.   I was looking at the Nutrition information on the package and one serving works out to be almost  as much fiber as the average American gets per day. So it dawned on me that maybe it “didn’t agree” with her partner because of that.

Ideally we should be eating about 35 to 50 grams of fiber a day.  The average American eats less than 1/3 of that—yes, about 10 grams a day.

Now, as a refresher, fiber is the plant material that is not digested by humans.  Our digestive enzymes just can’t cut it.  It can be found in whole grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans.

So, I’ll leave you with this suggestion, try to add a little bit more fiber in your daily intake.  Do not add a lot of fiber all at once.  But do try a little bit a day.  What could you add to your diet today that would add fiber to it?

6 Responses to “Fiber Intake”

  1. OK OK I’ll give in and give you fiber too. Thats flossing, fiber and facial sunblock mosturizer. I’m done with anything new till 2010!

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  2. You can’t take fiber back and try to foist some other health thing on me. That is not how it works. I didn’t realize this would be a sneaky blog when I subscribed to it.

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  3. You guys are funny.

    Terre, it sounds like John needs more fiber so that he can move some of that cynicism out of his body!!! (Just kidding John).

    I love the “sneaky blog” comment. Your household must be so interesting…

    Lovin’ my fiber…ooops…gotta go (and I do mean GO).

    Jill

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  4. geovanny said

    yes fiber is good for the body

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