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Low Dietary Fiber Linked to Poor Health Outcomes

Dietary fiber may be more important in more ways than just regulating digestion, The Huffington Post reports. The article cites a study published in The American Journal of Medicine that followed trends in fiber intake in 23,168 adults through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Results showed that while The Institute of Medicine suggests that “women ages 19 to 50 should get 25 grams of fiber each day” and “men in the same age group should get 38 grams,” the average daily dietary fiber intake was 16.2 grams. The study also found that, “those who consume low amounts of fiber in their diets have a higher risk of conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular inflammation.” The results suggest that policy should be drafted for increasing daily dietary fiber intake.

Read it in The Huffington Post.

Read the study in The American Journal of Medicine.