July 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

Only 1 in 20 people in the US consumes the recommended amount of fiber.

Let’s Talk About Added Fibers

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans call out dietary fiber as a nutrient of public health concern because our typically poor fiber intakes are associated with health problems such as heart disease, abnormal laxation, and colon cancer. Yet if we ate adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, we would surely meet or exceed our fiber needs.

Processed foods with added fibers can potentially help close the fiber gap. But are these isolated or synthetic fibers beneficial? That depends. Some have proven health benefits, but others do not.

Soon it will be easier to identify the added fibers that might boost health. In 2020, most food packages will show the new version of the Nutrition Facts label, which will count an added fiber only if research proves it to have a health effect.

By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FA

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