Disclaimer: Through my affiliation with Fit Approach, I received SmartyPants Adult Complete + Fiber vitamins in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Among the many nutrients that are necessary for a well-balanced diet is fiber. Like other nutrients that are important for a living a healthy lifestyle, many Americans struggle to consume the recommended daily amounts of fiber. According to the Institute of Medicine, its recommended that adults consume the following amounts of fiber each day:
Adults 50 Years and Younger:
Men – 38 grams
Women – 25 grams
Adults Over 50 Years of Age:
Men – 30 grams
Women – 21 grams
So why should you consume the recommended amount of fiber each day? There’s a number of benefits of fiber.
- It helps regulate the body’s breakdown of sugar
- It helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer
- It helps to keep the body’s blood sugar in check
- It helps to normalize bowel movements (you don’t want them to be too stiff or too loose)
- It helps to lower cholesterol levels
- It assists in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
Some of my favorite fiber-enriched foods include strawberries, bananas, brown rice, broccoli, and potatoes. You can check out the Mayo Clinic’s list of high fiber foods here.
Worried that you aren’t consuming enough fiber on a daily basis? One way to aid in getting enough fiber is through vitamins and supplements. I’ve previously shared how much I love SmartyPants Vitamins, so I was excited to learn that in addition to the Adult Complete and Prenatal Vitamins that I’ve previously reviewed that they also make an Adult Complete version with fiber. A daily serving of these gummy vitamins includes six grams of fiber, which when taken in combination with eating a fiber-enriched diet can help ensure that you are well on your way to meeting the daily recommended fiber intake.
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QOTD: What is your favorite high-fiber food to eat?