How much fiber do you get a day?

The average American gets 8 grams of fiber a day when at a bare minimum we need 28 – 35 grams/day. Some health specialists will argue that we need 30 – 50 grams/day.

Fiber can prevent obesity and the chronic disease of aging. This is because fiber slows the rate at which food enters your bloodstream and increases the speed at which food exits your body through the digestive tract. That keeps your blood sugar and cholesterol in ideal balance and quickly eliminates toxins from your gut and reduces your appetite.

You’ll find soluble fiber in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and most whole grains. The bacteria in your gut metabolizes the soluble fiber in these foods, and that’s when the benefits start.

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