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Fiber Research - It is very important for everyone to...

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Fiber is such a short word, but is very important to each and every human being’s body. “Fiber is very important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol.” (American Heart Association 2008) It’s very important that humans consume foods containing fiber. Some food sources containing dietary fiber are peas, beans, and certain fruits. When the topic of fiber comes up, the words insoluble and soluble usually find their way into the conversation. Though neither is digested, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber are not the same thing. Soluble fiber becomes a gel when mixed with liquid, while insoluble fiber, on the other hand, largely passes through our intestines intact.
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Unformatted text preview: It is very important for everyone to include fiber in their diet including adults and children. Our intake recommendations are of course different. It is recommended that children use the age plus five rule. This means, for example, a five-year-old should consume 5+5=10 g of fiber per day. (American Heart Association 1997) An adult is recommended to consume 25 grams per day. I learned a lot more about fiber while researching and reading to complete this checkpoint. I did not know there were different types of fiber and certainly did not know how much is recommended for me to consume. I will surely hold on to this knowledge and apply it to my diet immediately....
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