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Effect of Dietary Fiber on the Health

By United States and Of Americans

Abstract

Nutrition and health experts agree that dietary fiber is important to the maintenance of health and that consumption of dietary and certain functional fibers improves fecal bulk and laxation. In addition, fiber is reported in the scientific literature to provide many other health benefits, including decreased risk of some types of cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2002), dietary reference intake (DRI), an adequate intake for total fiber, is set at 38 and 25 gram (g) per day for young men (age 14-50 years) and women (age 19-50 years), respectively. Dietary fiber is one of the many nutrients estimated in the Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply series by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Per capita nutrient estimates of the food supply play a ke

Year: 2007
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