Even though the number of total grams of carbohydrates listed on the food label includes fiber, the actual grams of dietary fiber are still included on the label. This is helpful information when determining whether a food is a good source of fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005, recommend that half of the carbohydrates we consume come from high fiber sources.

Try to choose foods that have at least three grams of fiber.

Since our bodies do not have the enzyme needed to digest fiber, it is not fully absorbed. Fiber also releases glucose into the cells at a slower rate than sugar, so it has less impact on blood glucose levels.


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