Dietary fibre helps keep our digestive tract in good working order, yet studies suggest that most of the population isn’t getting enough. Actual intake data is sparse for the region; however, percentage dietary intakes from carbohydrate are falling, and grain products that are consumed are increasingly refined and so it is widely accepted that fibre intakes have fallen significantly in recent years1. Where intakes are documented, they are generally below recommended, for example in Bahrain intake of dietary fibre is just 47% of that recommended in the USA2. The intake of fibre-rich foods by children and adolescents in most of the Arab Gulf has been described as being alarmingly low1.
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