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Proper Fiber Amounts

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How much fiber should I have in my diet?

Proper Fiber Amounts

So, you know that you should enjoy a high fiber diet but how much fiber is “high fiber”? The recommended amount of fiber suggested to achieve the maximum benefits from fiber is 25 to 35 grams per day. Most people only consume about 11 grams. Did you know that just as easily as you can consume too little fiber, you can also consume too much. Your intestines will let you know if you are overloading them with fiber. It's a good idea to gradually increase the amount and variety of fiber in your daily diet. Signs that you have too small of an amount of fiber in your diet include:

  • Constipation
  • Infrequent stools
  • Hard stools
  • Abdominal pains
  • A general feeling that your bowels are slow

Hints that you've been consuming too much fiber include:
  • Gassiness
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stools that are too large and uncomfortable

   

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