MANILA, Philippines – Do you count your carbs or calories meticulously?
If you’re serious about improving your diet, you should consider counting your fiber intake, too. (READ: Can more fiber make Filipinos healthier?)
Contrary to popular belief, fiber isn’t just a clean-up tool for our digestive system. It also helps our body absorb nutrients, vitamins, and minerals better. Increased fiber intake has also been linked with improved weight management and reduced risk for ailments like heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers.
Do you want to know if you’re taking in enough fiber every day? Use our calculator to determine your daily intake. Then, compare it with the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) levels* prescribed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute.
Here’s how to use the calculator:
First let's determine your recommended fiber intake Enter your age Recommended daily fiber intake for your age group is: 0 So what did you eat for.. Recommended fiber intake: 0 Your total fiber intake: 0 Congratulations for meeting the RENI levels for fiber! Complement a healthy diet with an active lifestlyle. Try fiber supplements when it's impossible to prepare fiber-rich meals and snacks. Increase your fiber intake by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You can also try fiber supplements as a simpler and tastier solution to meet your fiber needs.
Produced by Krista Garcia, Aina Licodine, and Louis Concepcion
*All fiber values are based from the ASEAN Food Composition Database prepared by the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University