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Why do people take fiber?

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Many people don't get enough fiber. Foods are the best place to start -- plant foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) have fiber. Fiber helps keep you regular, helps you cut your "bad" cholesterol, and is linked to a smaller chance of getting type 2 diabetes. If you are considering supplements, talk to your doctor first.

SOURCES: American Dietetic Association web site: "Possible Side-effects of High Fiber Diets," "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Fiber." American Heart Association web site: "Fiber: AHA Recommendation." Harvard School of Public Health web site: "Fiber." Institute of Medicine web site: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients." Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center web site: "Fiber." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. University of California San Francisco Medical center: "Fiber."






The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

SOURCES: American Dietetic Association web site: "Possible Side-effects of High Fiber Diets," "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Fiber." American Heart Association web site: "Fiber: AHA Recommendation." Harvard School of Public Health web site: "Fiber." Institute of Medicine web site: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients." Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center web site: "Fiber." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. University of California San Francisco Medical center: "Fiber."






The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

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