Is it better to increase fiber with food or supplements?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Our consumption of highly processed foods and non-water beverages has decreased the average amount of fiber in our diets; as a result, numerous synthetic fibers are sold as supplements and added into food products. While these additives may add bulk and provide some of fiber's benefits, they don't necessarily include the phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in nature's fiber sources. I recommend adding whole foods into your diet first, and then carefully incorporating fiber-added products only as needed.

For optimal nutrition and satisfaction, try to include some fiber at every meal. If you have food allergies or intolerances, it's important for you to include other natural sources of fiber (rice bran, chia bran, and flax seeds are excellent sources of fiber) to make up for the fiber in the foods you avoid.

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