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[Fiber Research]
[Kelly M Shafer]
[Axia College]
July 28, 2011
[Allison Butler]

Fiber is a natural tool in fighting LDL cholesterol commonly known as bad cholesterol. Fiber also lowers blood pressure and helps the body regain glycemic control. Fiber decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease while slowing the progression in high risk individuals. Fiber takes longer to move into the small intestine, since it is slow to digest, which contributes to the feeling of fullness (Van Horn, 1997). B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and foliate) play a key role in metabolism.
Foliate (folic acid), one of the B vitamins, helps the body form red blood cells.
Iron is used to carry oxygen in the blood.
Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles.
Selenium is important for a healthy immune system.

These are some foods that are sources of fiber and are wheat, rye, oats, beans, peas, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and turnips. citrus fruits, strawberries, apple, pulp are all just a few examples of fruit and vegetables that are high in The Institute of Medicine recommends adults consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories consumed (American Heart Association, 2011). Whereas with children the recommended daily allowance of fiber should be calculated by adding five to the child’s age. For example, if one has an eight year old child, one should add five to the child’s age to configure the daily recommended allowance of fiber for an eight year old, 13 grams. However, if a child begins consuming over 1500 calories a day, the child should measure their daily recommended allowance of fiber on the adult scale (Van Horn, 1997). Dietary fiber (American Heart Association, 2011).

That there are two different types of fiber: soluble and insoluble which can prevent some illnesses and can also lower one’s…...

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