The Fiber Dilemma

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By: Denise Devine@FrooseNutrition

It always seems to be a challenge to get kids  (and adults) to eat enough fiber.  But before we try to improve our fiber intake it is important to know why we should be doing so.  Dietary fiber from whole grains, as part of an overall healthy diet, may help improve blood cholesterol levels, and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Some studies also show a correlation between fiber intake and prevention of some forms of cancer.  Fiber helps provide a sense of satiety and has been proven helpful to maintain healthy body weight levels.  Consequently, it makes sense to try to incorporate more fiber in the diet every day.  Children need fiber for the same reasons.  The American Heart Association recommends the following fiber levels for children:

AGE                                      FIBER GRAMS

1-3 years                                19

4-8 years                               25

9-13 years                              Female – 26

Male – 31

14-18 years                             Female – 26

Male – 38

Maintaining these levels can be a challenge considering that a whole apple only has 4 grams of fiber.  Also, most typical households don’t even have time for breakfast cereal most days.  Eating on the go is becoming the norm.  That is why we consider fiber and whole grains  important elements in all Froose products.  We try to find fun, great tasting ways to incorporate more fiber throughout the day.  Each pouch of our co-branded Build-A-Bear fruit snacks delivers 6 grams of fiber which allows it to be labeled as an Excellent Source of Fiber.  So when your kids are “On-The-Grow” throughout the day and require snacks, look for better alternatives that provide nutritional value.  In addition to fruits, vegetables and nuts, Froose fruit snacks are a better choice to provide snacking fuel to your kids.

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