Are you getting enough fiber in your diet?
Men age 50 and younger need 38 grams of fiber per day, and women 50 and younger need 25 grams. Those nutritional recommendations drop slightly as people age, but getting enough dietary fiber remains a challenge for some people. Maureen Franklin, left, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate's Joslin Diabetes Center, explains the different types of fiber and gives examples of foods rich in fiber. Fiber helps our bodies control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol and can help us lose weight by making us feel full. Also, fiber is important for bowel health and regularity.