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9 Out of 10 Children Not Getting Enough Fiber in Their Diet

September 26, 2013 2:39 am

Moms know that fiber is an important part of their children's healthy diets, but what they don't realize is that few kids actually get the daily fiber they need. Nine out of 10 children do not get enough fiber in their diet, which could contribute to occasional constipation. Occasional constipation is reportedly the cause for almost 5 percent of all pediatric outpatient visits. Making sure your child has enough fiber in their diets may keep their stomachs happy by helping keep everything moving through their digestive systems. And kicking off each morning with a breakfast with fiber helps start kids on their way to getting the recommended amount of fiber, every day.

"Fiber plays a key role in maintaining good health," says registered dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger. "Many people are not getting enough of it and don't realize just how easy it can be to add fiber to the diet. To receive the greatest health benefits, eat a wide variety of fiber foods – cereal can be a great breakfast to start your morning and get you on your way to the recommended daily amount of fiber."

Melendez-Klinger has provided a few tips to help Mom add fiber to her children's diet:

Fiber First: Breakfast is the perfect time to sneak fiber into the kids' diets – breakfast cereals are an excellent source of fiber that kids already love eating. Try adding in a few blueberries on top for that extra fiber punch.

Increase Hydration: While fiber is a great way to help keep everything moving through the digestive system, it is important to also increase water intake. By increasing your fiber intake gradually and drinking more water you will allow your body to adapt.

Make Tasty Treats: Fiber can also help prevent kids from snacking needlessly, filling up on empty calories. When looking for a tasty snack, include foods with a good source of fiber, such as a handful of almonds and dried fruit, to increase fiber intake.

Keep It Simple: When shopping for fiber foods that your kids will eat, focus on four main groups – bread, pasta, cereals, fruits and veggies – and try to incorporate a few into every meal. Foods vary in nutrient content so be sure to check the label for fiber content and look for at least three grams – a good source.

Source: Kellogg

Published with permission from RISMedia.