If you're like most Americans, your day's meals and snacks come up short on fiber, supplying only about half (about 14 grams) the amount your body needs.
How much total fiber do you need? That depends on your age and gender. For men up to age fifty years, the Institute of Medicine advises an Adequate Intake (AI) of 38 grams daily; for women that age, it's 25 grams daily. During pregnancy and breast-feeding, the advice is slightly higher. If you're age fifty-one years or more, the AI is less: 30 grams of total fiber daily for men; 21 grams for women. Chapter 16 gives fiber recommendations for children and teens.
Although fiber comes from foods of plant origin, you don't need to eat huge amounts of whole-grain products, legumes, vegetables, and fruits to meet your
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