Fiber
What is fiber?
Dietary fiber consists of nondigestible carbohydrates and lignin that are found in plants. Functional fiber are isolated nondigestible carbohydrates. Both types of fiber improve fecal bulk and laxation.

What happens if I have a deficiency in fiber?
The warning signs that may indicate that you need more fiber include constipation, weight gain and fluctuating blood pressure.

What happens if I have excess fiber?
A high intake of dietary fiber will not produce significant negative effects; however too much fiber too fast can cause cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

 

Source: DRI for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) (2005)

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