Archive for January, 2011

Are you getting enough fiber?

Today’s busy lifestyle is making it increasingly difficult to eat right, exercise, and stay healthy. While most are keeping tabs on calories, fat, and even carbohydrates, one thing that’s often missing from weight management plans is fiber.  Americans might be surprised to learn that they can help meet daily nutritional guidelines and control their weight by fitting in fiber — and a little goes a long way. 

  • Almost 30% of Americans are clinically obese.
  • 24 million Americans have type 2 Diabetes. 
  • 1 out of every 2.8 deaths in America is from a form of heart disease
  • Only 32% of Americans exercise daily. 
  • Only 24% eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruit a day. 
  • Only 14% of Americans do both.
  • 86% of Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet.
  • 75% of Americans do not drink enough water.
  • The average American eats the equivalent of 30-40 teaspoons of sugar a day.
  • The average American eats up to 55% of their meals from fast food.
  • The average American gets 45% of their daily calories from fat.
  • The average number of health related deaths is approximately 2,423,712 per year.

It’s time we take responsibility for ourselves and our bodies.  The recommended adult intake of fiber is 28 to 38 grams per day,  yet government studies show that the typical American eats less than half of what they need — about 12 to 15 grams of fiber per day. Start making a change!  By adding fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grain foods- all good sources of fiber and adding products like the Vita Nutritionals® Advanced Fiber Complex, made from various cereal crop sources and acting as a dietary fiber, prebiotic and natural sweetener that is low in calories, you can start managing your body and your health.  Visit today and take a huge step in a healthy direction.


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