FIBER. How much should we be eating?

An excerpt from our book and a new video added to an earlier blog.

From Chapter 1 in our book on page 23, under the section entitled, “What is the Optimal Diet for Humans?” As it relates to fiber consumption:

This excerpt from Chapter 1 of our book

The American Dietetic Association reports that most of us don’t even come close to the recommended intake of twenty grams to thirty-five grams of fiber a day. While thirty-five grams of fiber would be a dramatic improvement for most people eating the typical Western diet, the fiber in a truly health-promoting optimal diet would be more than double that amount.

On, an analysis of a near 100 percent whole-foods, plant-based diet demonstrates that it typically delivers well over seventy grams of fiber per day. I simply added up the fiber in all of my meals of whole plants (fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds) for my typical day. The total always exceeds seventy grams of fiber.

So what happens when you start eating lots of whole plants and your fiber intake goes from 10 or 15 grams to 50 or more? Well, everything in your body starts working better, and I will guarantee you that you’ll no longer need any reading material in the bathroom. See the first blog posted below; it now includes a new video on this topic by Dr. Michael Greger that I added yesterday. The other blogs all have something to do with colon health in general.

Reading material in the bathroom…a red flag. (originally posted on 3-13-11)

In you need reading material in your bathroom; you are definitely not eating at the "4-Leaf" level.

“High Fiber” diet saves lives…but not nearly enough (posted on 2-22-11)

Oz shares colon story; “cancer screening $$ business” gets bigger (posted on 6-9-11)

Screening for cancer…a very big business (posted on 2-21-11)

Unsupportive spouse…single biggest challenge to “4-Leaf” (posted 3-18-11)

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to FIBER. How much should we be eating?

  1. rick says:

    Cancer screening and prevention…big time business.

    Cancer prevention…big time joke.

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