(Washington, D.C. – January 12, 2009) To help improve the public’s understanding of dietary fiber, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has released a new Fiber Fact Sheet, which details the benefits of this important nutrient and what science has revealed about its health benefits over the last decade.
Fiber is a nutrient with demonstrable health effects, but few consumers get the recommended daily amount. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains often to achieve a daily intake for men and women of 25 grams and 38 grams of fiber respectively. Although many associate fiber with alleviating constipation, the good news is that consuming high amounts of fiber can provide many benefits.
The Fiber Fact Sheet contains referenced-information on the health effects, research, and dietary sources of various types of fiber as well as the “bottom line” on current recommendations. Links to related reading materials are also included. Common questions answered in this fact sheet include: How much fiber should one consume? What are the specific foods that are good sources of fiber? What health effects does fiber offer?
Despite the growing awareness of fiber, these are all questions consumers continue to ask. “This referenced fact sheet can assist health professionals and other nutrition communicators in helping consumers understand how to identify foods with fiber and how to include more fiber in their diets,” said Shelley Goldberg, MPH, RD, and IFIC Foundation Senior Director of Nutrition Communications.
The Fiber Fact Sheet can be accessed at: