Title: Facts, Figures & Tips on Fibers
It is well known that dietary fibers are an essential component of a healthy and balanced diet. However, currently dietary habits observed in westernized countries are characterized by a decline in fruit and vegetable consumption, in adults and children alike. This trend goes hand in hand with decreasing levels of fibers in the diet.
Global and local health authorities endeavor to issue dietary recommendations to guide populations’ consumption. While recommendations may vary according to geographies, sex, and age, it is generally recommended for adults to consume at least 25g of fibers a day1. These are based on an estimation of necessary amounts for a normal intestinal activity and laxation, at levels associated with reduced risks of nutrition related diseases2.
The difference between fiber intake and recommendations is called the Fiber Gap!
Multiple barriers to a higher fiber consumption can be identified including cost, time required for cooking, individual taste and preferences … But also, a simple lack of knowledge: What are fibers? What part do they play in people’s health? In what food can they be found? How much should we consume?
These infographics shed light on the fiber gap and provide answers to these questions.
1 European Commission, 2021. Dietary recommendations for dietary fibre intake. Last Update : 08/04/2021. Available at: < Dietary recommendations for dietary fibre intake | Knowledge for policy (europa.eu) >
2 European Food Safety Authority, 2010. Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre. EFSA Journal 2010; 8 (3): 1462. Available at: < Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre (wiley.com) >