Question: I think it's very hard to get the recommended amount of fiber through diet alone. I'm reading labels now, and can't believe the low fiber content in many of my favorite foods. How much fiber does a person need, and what do you suggest for a fiber supplement?
The National Academy of Sciences recommends 25grams of fiber for women and 38 grams daily for men. The rule of thumb for children is to add five grams to your child's age; thus a six-year-old needs 11 grams. Beans and oatmeal (rolled oats, not instant oatmeal) are top dietary choices for fiber, but we agree that the average diet falls far short of the requirement. Regarding supplements, you basically have two options—a powdered formula that mixes with liquid, or encapsulated fiber.
The powders generally provide more fiber per serving, but the capsules are often more convenient. Our most popular fiber supplement is Swanson Psyllium Husks, capsules. Each capsule provides 0.61 grams of fiber with no mixing or mess. The capsules are particularly good for travel! Psyllium helps speed food's transit time through the digestive tract and helps remove toxins from the intestine by its natural scrubbing action, so it's definitely worthy of addition to any supplement regimen.
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