Dietary Fiber and Chronic Disease

Dr. Wendy Dahl posing with fiber and food to stop kidney disease. Image used in the 2014 Research Discoveries report. UF/IFAS Photo by Javier Edwards

Dietary fiber supports health in various ways. This 2-page document describes the relationships between dietary fiber and prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Written by Wendy J. Dahl and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, August 2018.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs314

Nutrition for Health and Fitness: Fiber in Your Diet

Slices and wedges of oranges. Photo taken 11-08-15

Whether you call it dietary fiber, fiber, or roughage, eating a diet rich in this food component is good for your health. This 8-page fact sheet provides tips on how to include foods with fiber in your diet. Written by Linda B. Bobroff, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, revised March 2018.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/he697

CKD: A Guide to Higher Fiber Foods

Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) presents many challenges, and diet is one of them. People with CKD may find it difficult to consume enough fiber-rich foods while following the other diet recommendations for CKD. This 5-page guide will discuss the health benefits of fiber and provide some examples of fiber-rich foods that may be good choices for people with CKD. Written by Wendy J. Dahl and Nancy J. Gal and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, January 2018.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs305

De compras para la salud: Alimentos con fibra anadida

snack bar with nuts and dried fruitLa fibra en los alimentos consiste de carbohidratos que no pueden ser digeridos. Aunque muchos alimentos naturalmente contienen fibra, hay ingredientes altos en fibra que comúnmente se añaden a los alimentos para aumentar el contenido de fibra. Los ingredientes con fibra se pueden adicionar por razones funcionales o de salud. This 3-page fact sheet is the Spanish language version of Shopping for Health: Foods with Added Fiber, written by Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, October 2014. (Photo: iStock/Thinkstock.com)
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs255

Los alimentos en pure y la fibra

Figure 1. Puréed black beansLa fibra es importante para la buena salud. El consumo inadecuado de fibra puede conducir al estreñimiento y a otros problemas gastrointestinales. Las dietas altas en fibra pueden ayudar a reducir el colesterol y la glucosa en la sangre, lo que reduce el riesgo de las enfermedades del corazón. Aunque la fibra se encuentra en todos los alimentos de origen vegetal como las frutas, los vegetales, los granos, las nueces y las semillas, la mayoría de las personas no consumen lo suficiente.The English version of this document is FSHN12-16/FS209 Puréed Foods and Fiber. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, December 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs238

Shopping for Health: Foods with Added Fiber

Granola barFiber in foods consists of carbohydrates that cannot be digested. Although many foods naturally contain fiber, high-fiber ingredients are commonly added to foods to increase their fiber content. Fiber ingredients may be added to foods for health or functional reasons. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Wendy Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, November 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs235

Pureed Foods and Fiber (FSHN12-16/FS209)

Figure 1. Puréed black beansPeople with swallowing problems who require a puréed diet may not meet their recommended intake of fiber. But puréed diets can be planned to achieve fiber recommendations by choosing higher-fiber puréed foods often. And a variety of fiber ingredients are available that can be added to puréed foods. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, January 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs209

Nutrition for Health and Fitness: Fiber in Your Diet (FCS8130/HE697)

Figure 1. To get more fiber in your diet eat an orange in the morning instead of drinking orange juice. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables all contain dietary fiber. Fiber has many names, such as dietary fiber, total fiber, or just plain fiber. Eating foods that contain fiber is good for your health. This 6-page fact sheet provides tips on how to include foods with fiber in your diet. Written by Linda B. Bobroff, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, September 2012.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/he697

Guía para los suplementos de fibra (FSHN1101S/FS173)

Constipation is a common health concern that is commonly caused by low fiber intake. This 3-page fact sheet provides answers to common questions about fiber supplements. Written by Wendy J. Dahl and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, May 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs173

Los hechos acerca de la fibra (FCS8793SPAN/FY1226)

This 2-page fact sheet is the Spanish-language version of FCS8793/FY849, Facts About Fiber. Written by Jennifer Hillan, R. Elaine Turner, y Wendy J. Dahl , and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, May 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1226

¿Qué sabe sobre la fibra? (FCS8689Span/FY398)

¡La fibra a menudo llamada “roughage” o “bulk” es importante para la buena salud! Es bien conocido el hecho de que la fibra ayuda a bajar el colesterol en la sangre y algunas fibras ayudan a prevenir el estreñimiento. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Jennifer Hillan and Claudia Peñuela, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, December 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy398

Guide to Fiber Supplements (FSHN1101/FS162)

Constipation is a common health concern that is commonly caused by low fiber intake. This 2-page fact sheet provides answers to common questions about fiber supplements. Written by Wendy J. Dahl. Published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, January 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs162

FCS8689/FY304 What Do You Know about Fiber?

Revised! FCS8689, a 3-page fact sheet by Jennifer Hillan and Claudia Peñuela, answers basic questions about fiber. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, October 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy304