Tips for Creating Your Own High-Fiber Diet Plan

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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In the United States, the average person consumes only about 10-15 grams of fiber per day. And that's not even half of the official recommendation. Along with protein, carbohydrates, and essential fats, fiber is an integral part of a healthy diet. So, what makes it essential? 

Unlike other food components, fiber is indigestible. Although it is not absorbed by the body, fiber provides many health benefits, from maintaining bowel health to controlling blood sugar levels. With this in mind, developing a high-fiber diet plan is a great idea for folks with particular health needs. Here, we'll review which foods to eat and how to incorporate the right amount of fiber into your diet while avoiding the common pitfalls associated with high-fiber regimens.