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A new recommendation for dietary fiber in childhood.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
PEDIATRICS
0031-4005
Publisher
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication Date
Volume
96
Issue
5 Pt 2
Pages
985–988
Identifiers
PMID: 7494677
Source
Medline

Abstract

A new recommendation for dietary fiber intake was developed, based on the age of the child, health benefits, and safety concerns. We recommended that children older than 2 years of age consume a minimal amount of dietary fiber equivalent to age plus 5 g/d. A safe range of dietary fiber intake for children is suggested to be between age plus 5 and age plus 10 g/d. This range of dietary fiber intake is thought to be safe even if intake of some vitamins and minerals is marginal, should provide enough fiber for normal laxation, and may help prevent future chronic disease.

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