Low Fiber in Teens

February 3, 2013 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Low Fiber in Teens
A study analyzing the diets of American teens shows bodyweight is correlated with low fiber intake.  In comparison, there was no significant correlation between cholesterol intake or saturated intake.

The researchers found that the typical teen had 13 grams of dietary fiber per day, half of what is minimally acceptable. Other research shows that average teens get 30 percent of their calories from sugary foods, drinks, and snacks. The combination is self-abusive.

This latter finding flies in the face of the “fat is evil” propaganda spewed forth by the American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, and the American Medical Association. Sure, a person can eat too much fat. But it is excess fat in combination with low omega-3 oil (DHA), low fiber, and high sugar that is actually the problem. This study proves that low fiber intake is the real key, not fat. This does not sit well with the dietary propaganda machine that has sat watch over the ever expanding waistlines of Americans.

Increasing fiber intake, through foods and extra supplements of dietary fiber, is one of the most basic and helpful things an individual can do to improve his or her health.

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