Eating the right amount of fiber is one of the keys to good health, especially among older adults. As the body ages, people tend to develop more problems with constipation and other digestive conditions. Having enough fiber in the diet will promote regular bowel movements, treat diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome, and may help prevent some cancers.
According to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, the daily needs of men and women for fiber differ, and change as they age:
- Age 50 and younger => Women: 25 grams; Men: 38 grams
- Age 51 and older => Women: 21 grams; Men: 30 grams
For more benefits on fiber please visit the National Fiber Council at www.nationalfibercouncil.org