Everyone is always talking about fiber. Do you get enough fiber in your diet? What foods have fiber in them? How much does a person need a day? It can all be so confusing and of course those marketing gurus love to take advantage of that. They tout their product as being whole grain and full of fiber. Get your fiber from their processed products and you’ll be “healthy”. For some weird food facts about what most people are really eating, visit Gluten Free For Good. You’ll also want to read her post on Gluten Free Fiber.
If your thought is the only way to get your fiber is from whole wheat, and then you gave it up to live gluten free, well then you’re up a creek. But if you think outside that whole wheat fiber box, than you should be able to find lots of great sources of fiber.
So how much fiber should you eat each day? According to recommendations from The Institute of Medicine, children and adults should consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories of food they eat each day. Generally that means:
25 grams per day, for women younger than 50
21 grams per day, for women older than 50
38 grams per day, for men younger than 50
30 grams per day, for men older than 50
So there are you totals, now where are you getting your daily fiber? Click here if you would like to see a chart of how much fiber are in real foods, the ones that don’t have labels.
I want to hear from you. Where do you get your daily fiber requirements? What foods are you eating? Please leave your answers in the comments.