Weight Health

How much dietary fiber do you need?
Feed Your Body Fiber and Feel Good

Health statistics reveal that Americans are becoming more obese. Since 1991, the number of obese Americans has shot up an astounding 74%. Interestingly, countries where the population consumes a regular dose of fiber have minimal weight-related health issues. Fiber can make you feel fuller, leading to less snacking and overeating.* This makes the argument for adding daily fiber supplements, but how much is enough? The Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference suggests 25 grams for most women and 38 grams for most men

Choose foods high in fiber:

  • Grains and whole-grain products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Beans, peas, and other legumes
  • Nuts and seeds

Avoid low fiber foods:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Pulp-free juice
  • White bread and pasta, and non-whole-grain cereals

When scanning the cereal and bread aisles, remember that the grain refining process removes the outer coat (bran) from the grain, which lowers the fiber content; this means whole grain foods offer more fiber. Also, before peeling that apple, note that removing the skin from fruits and vegetables decreases fiber content.

Today, many people find it hard to get an adequate amount of fiber in their daily diet. That’s when a good fiber supplement, such as one of Konsyl’s psyllium fiber products made from psyllium husk can help you consume the recommended daily dose.

To learn more about the role of fiber and weight health:

Effects of psyllium on metabolic syndrome risk factors

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.