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Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body doesn’t digest (break down). Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
Fiber can be soluble or insoluble:
Both kinds of fiber are important parts of a healthy diet.
A diet high in fiber:
One way to estimate how much fiber your child needs is to take your child’s age and add 5 or 10 to it. For example:
Foods that are naturally high in fiber, include:
It is best for kids to get their fiber directly from foods rather than from pills or other supplements. Foods have nutrients and vitamins that are important for health. If your doctor recommends that your child take a fiber supplement, give it as directed.
Here are some tips to get more fiber in your family’s diet:
To add more fiber to meals and snacks:
Talk to your doctor if your child has diarrhea, constipation, belly pain, or if you have questions or concerns about your family’s diet.
Constipation is when a child has fewer bowel movements than usual. Ease constipation with the three Fs: fluid, fiber, and fitness.
Constipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person’s diet doesn’t include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.
Most people think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.
What you put in the grocery cart can affect your child’s health and attitude toward nutritious food.
You don’t need to be a dietitian to figure out how to make healthy food choices. Before grabbing a shopping cart and heading for the aisles, read this article to make grocery shopping a snap.
Foods with fiber are really good for you and your bowels!
Ugh. Bellyaches. Find out what causes tummy trouble in this article for kids.
Want to eat healthier? It’s easy when you learn the difference between Go, Slow, and Whoa foods!
Find out how to make healthy food choices for your family by reading food labels.
Look at any packaged food and you’ll see the food label. This nutrition facts label gives the lowdown on everything from calories to cholesterol. Read more about food labels.
“What’s the right weight for my child?” is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it’s not always easy to answer.
The digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.
Constipation is a very common problem among kids, and it usually occurs because a child’s diet doesn’t include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, simple changes can help kids go.
If you aren’t pooping like usual, you could be constipated.
Some of the best and most delicious foods have loads of fiber. Find out how to get your fill of fiber!
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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