A study presented at Nutrition 2021 Live Online, a virtual event delivered by the American Society for Nutrition, found that over a study period of 5 years, a mere 7.4% of American adults met the Institute of Medicine’s suggested daily fiber recommendations. The goal is to get at least 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.
Data was gleaned from 14,640 adult participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination (NHANE) Survey from 2013 to 2018. Analysis showed that women typically take in more fiber than men (on average, 9.9 g/1,000 calories for women and 8.7 g/1,000 calories for men). Curiously, people with diabetes and prediabetes had a greater fiber intake than the general population, but they still didn’t reach the institute’s suggested daily fiber recommendations.
Your clients can up their fiber game by consuming more whole foods from the plant kingdom—mainly beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
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