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What is fiber?

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Dietary fiber refers to the edible parts of plants or carbohydrates that cannot be digested. Fiber is in all plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. You can also find a form of fiber called chitin in the shells of crustaceans such as crab, lobster, and shrimp.

From: Dietary Fiber for Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





A Diet for a Pain-Free Life

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SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





A Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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