Even though your body cannot digest dietary fiber, it still very much needs it. For one thing, fiber helps to moderate your body’s sugar metabolism. Your should generally try to get 25-30 grams of dietary fiber per day, from dietary sources like whole grains, oats, a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and nuts. Processed foods typically don’t contain much fiber. With that said, too much fiber can cause digestive problems, gas, bloating, and difficulty absorbing certain minerals.
- While most carbohydrates break down into digestible sugars, fiber is actually indigestible.
- It has been estimated by experts that for every 1000 calories an individual consumes, about 14 grams should be fiber for optimal health.
- Data suggests that 25 grams is a good amount for women, while men should go for a bit more, approximately 30 to 38 grams per day.
“Fiber, also known as roughage or bulk is found in all plant foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seeds.”