What should I look for related to fiber on a nutrition label?

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When you buy a packaged food item, the Nutrition Facts panel on the side or back of the package can help you determine if that food is good for heart health. One category on the label that you will want to look at is Dietary Fiber, which includes both soluble and insoluble fiber and is listed in grams. Fiber helps protect against heart disease. A high-fiber food is defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as 5 grams or more per serving. Most people should aim for about 25 grams of fiber per day.

It is important to note dietary fiber is listed under Total Carbohydrate. Technically, fiber is considered a carbohydrate even though it is not digested and it provides no calories. The Total Carbohydrate value in grams includes the dietary fiber amount. For example, if Total Carbohydrate is 15 grams, and dietary fiber is 5 grams, then 5 of the 15 grams of carbohydrate is dietary fiber.

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