Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We’re on average getting only about half the minimum recommended intake. There is a fiber gap in America. Less than 3% meet the recommended minimum. This means that less than 3% of all Americans eat enough whole plant foods, the only place fiber is found in abundance. If even half of the adult population ate 3 more grams a day—a quarter cup of beans or a bowl of oatmeal—we could potentially save billions in medical costs. And that’s just for constipation! As I discuss in my video, Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?, the consumption of plant foods, of fiber-containing foods, may reduce risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and obesity as well.
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