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Addressing the Fiber Gap
Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN — January 29, 2019 WHY IS SO MUCH FIBER MISSING FROM U.S. DIETS? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), first published in 1980 and revised every five years since, have each contained recommendations that provide ample sources of dietary fiber to meet every American’s needs.   If all Americans ate the recommended […]
Food and Fiber Summit – Addressing the Fiber Gap
On January 28 2014, various researchers, educators, and communications experts convened at the Food & Fiber Summit in Washington, DC. The purpose of the summit was to identify barriers to achieving the daily fiber intake recommendations and to determine ways in which healthcare providers can encourage adequate consumption. The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) have published […]
How To Bridge The Fiber Gap When You’re On The Go This Summer
Summer is the season for families to be outdoors and on the go. It’s also the season of fresh fruits, vegetables and grilling that can make it easy to eat a diet higher in fiber. While most Americans only consume about half of the recommended intake, the recommendation to eat a variety of fibers means […]
Addressing the Fiber Gap Can Improve Gut Microbiome Diversity
In a new article from the University of Alberta, titled “The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Nutrition,” authors provide an overview of the evidence regarding dietary fibers and the microbiome. The article, which was published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, reviews data which suggests low fiber diets may reduce […]
Dietary Fiber and Diabetes: Bridge the Gap
 By: Karima A. Kendall, PhD, LDN, RDN — By now, you’ve likely heard all about the infamous “fiber gap”. Dietary fiber was first identified as a nutrient of concern by the 2015-2020 United States Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee1 and there is still a substantial disparity between the amount of fiber consumed and dietary recommendations in […]
Blending More Fiber into Meals
Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN — January 28, 2019 We’ve all seen the child who refuses to take even one bite of the steamed carrots on his or her plate, yet gobbles up the macaroni and cheese right next to it made with mashed carrots in the sauce. For many parents, this may feel like a […]
Finding Fiber in the Grocery Store
Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN — December 17, 2018  Food shopping today is very different from just 50 years ago when shoppers pushed a cart up and down the six to eight parallel aisles of a grocery store that only sold food.  Supermarkets now cover over 45,000 square feet and offer everything from the food we eat […]
Finding More Fiber-Rich Foods When Eating Out
  Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN — December 17, 2018  Research on the eating habits of Americans shows that our consumption of “foods away from home”* has been steadily rising since 1987. The amount of household food budgets spent on foods away from home surpassed the amount spent for “food at home” in 2010 when it reached […]
Dietary Fiber: Essential for Good Health
By Keri Peterson, MD — Dietary fiber is an essential part of our diet and plays an important role for our health. What is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in plant foods and grains that our body cannot digest, so it passes through our intestines rather than being absorbed. It can be […]