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Getting Enough Fiber

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Overview

Why is fiber important?

Eating a diet high in fiber is thought to help prevent constipation and its related problems. It may lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and help control blood sugar levels. And it may help you reach and stay at a healthy weight.

What is the recommended daily amount of fiber?

In general, experts recommend that men ages 19 and older try to get 38 grams of fiber a day. Women ages 19 and older should try to get 25 grams a day. If you have questions about how much fiber you need, talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian.

How can you get more fiber?

Increase the amount of fiber in your diet slowly so that your stomach can adjust to the change. Adding too much fiber too quickly may cause stomach upset and gas.

If you need help changing your diet, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.

Some doctors recommend adding bran to your diet to help boost your fiber intake. If you do this, start slowly with 1 teaspoon a day. Gradually increase the amount to several teaspoons a day.


Credits for Getting Enough Fiber

Current as of: September 8, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator


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