Fiber in Whole-Grain Cereals – Time to Change Your Recommendations?

Fiber in Whole-Grain Cereals – Time to Change Your Recommendations?

Despite fiber’s health benefits, most Americans don’t meet daily fiber intake recommendations. In the quest to close this fiber gap, many health professionals recommend choosing whole-grain cereals.

But surprisingly, many whole-grain products don’t provide the fiber you might expect, suggesting that the best advice is to choose whole-grain cereals that are also a good source of fiber (at least 3 grams per serving).

According to a new study that analyzed adults’ fiber intake for two weeks:

  • In a typical day, most Americans get fiber from more than 25 different foods, with vegetables, fruits, and ready-to-eat (RTE) cereals among the top sources. However, each category supplies only about 1 gram of fiber per day, on average.
  • Adults eating whole-grain RTE cereals with at least a good source of fiber consumed 42% more fiber at breakfast and 14% more daily fiber than typical adults.
  • Choosing a RTE whole-grain cereal with at least a good source of fiber doubles fiber intake to 2.37 grams, compared to the average fiber intake of 1.01 grams from RTE cereal.

The bottom line: Advising consumers to choose whole-grain foods with at least a good source of fiber may help them meet two recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines: “Consume at least half of all grains as whole grains and choose foods that provide more fiber.”3

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