Slide show: Guide to a high-fiber diet
A high-fiber diet includes beans and legumes
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A high-fiber diet has many benefits, including normalizing bowel movements, helping maintain bowel integrity and health, lowering blood cholesterol levels, and helping control blood sugar levels. A high-fiber diet may also aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

How much fiber do you need to achieve these results? The chart below shows the recommendations for adults from the Institute of Medicine.

Recommended daily fiber intake
Age 50 or younger Age 51 or older
Source: Institute of Medicine
Men 38 grams 30 grams
Women 25 grams 21 grams
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