Fiber

Most Healthy Life breads provide either a good source of fiber or an excellent source of fiber.

  • Varieties which contain an Excellent Source of Fiber have at least 5 grams of dietary fiber per 50 grams of bread or at least 20% of the daily recommended amount.
  • Varieties which contain a Good Source of Fiber have at least 2.5 grams of fiber per 50 grams of bread or 10-19% of the daily recommended amount. 



Recommended Amounts of Fiber

According to the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the adequate intake (AI) for fiber is 14g per 1,000 caloriess, or about 25g per day for women and 38g per day for men.3
 The chart below summarizes the AI of fiber by age and gender:

Fiber Recommendations by Age and Sex Population Daily Fiber Recommendation
Children ages 1-3 years old 19 grams
Children ages 4-8 years old 25 grams
Young boys ages 9-13 years old 31 grams
Young girls ages 9-13 years old 26 grams
Teenage boys ages 14-18 years old 38 grams
Teenage girls ages 14-18 years old 26 grams
Young and adult men ages 14-50 years old 38 grams
Young and adult women ages 14-50 years old 25 grams
Men ages 50 years and older 30 grams
Women ages 50 years and older 21 grams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chart adapted from: Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes: Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, DC, National Academies Press, 20023

  • Most Americans consume about half of the recommended amount of fiber, as the usual intake averages only 15g per day.1,2,3
  • Nutrition Facts panels on food packaging use 25g of dietary fiber per day for a 2,000 calorie diet and 30g of fiber per day for a 2,500 calorie diet for goals for American intake.2

 

FIBER SOURCES:

  1. International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC). “Fiber Fact Sheet” 11/24/2008 http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Fiber_Fact_Sheet
  2. American Dietetic Association. “Position of the American Dietetic Association: Health Implications of Dietary Fiber” – Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008;108:1716-1731 http://www.eatright.org/WorkArea//DownloadAsset.aspx?id=8442
  3. U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. December 2010 http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp

 

 

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