Dietary Fiber Facts–All-Bran® Q&A
How do I know if I need more fiber in my diet?
Chances are you do. According to the National Health
and Nutrition Examination survey, 9 out of 10
Americans aren’t getting enough fiber.
How much fiber do I need to eat?
The U.S. dietary guidelines recommend adults get 14 grams of
fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed per day. Use the
following chart as a general guide.
||Recommended Daily Fiber Intake
How do I know how much fiber is in my food?
Check the Nutrition Facts Panel provided on most packaged
foods for the amount of fiber per serving. 10%
daily value per serving is a good source of fiber.
20% is an excellent source. For perspective, just
one serving of Kellogg’s® All-Bran® Bran
Buds® cereal has an incredible 51% of
your daily value of fiber!
Can I just take a fiber supplement and get the
same digestive and health benefits?
It’s much more enjoyable to get your fiber from
foods rather than supplements.
What’s the difference between soluble fiber and
insoluble fiber, and which one do I need?
Insoluble fiber can’t be dissolved in water, so
it isn’t digested like other nutrients. Instead it
moves through the digestive system, pushing waste
along with it and cleaning out your intestines.
That’s how it promotes regularity.
Soluble fiber, on the other hand, can dissolve in
water. Some soluble fiber, such as psyllium, found
in All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal,
helps absorb water in your stomach and acts like a
sponge, mopping up cholesterol. Foods with psyllium
fiber may help reduce your risk of heart disease
and help promote healthy blood glucose levels1.
1Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol
that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium
may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of
All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal provides
2.7 grams of this soluble fiber.
Both types of fiber can help in weight management.
What are some sources of insoluble fiber?
Sources of insoluble fiber are wheat bran cereals such
as All-Bran® products. Other sources
include whole-grain bread, vegetables and fruit.
What are some sources of soluble fiber?
One source of soluble fiber is psyllium, which is found
in All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal. Other
sources include oats, apples, pears and legumes.
Doesn’t fiber cause gas and bloating?
Fiber, when added too quickly, can cause abdominal discomfort.
The key is to add fiber gradually. Drink plenty of water to
help fiber do its work.
Can fiber help me maintain a healthy weight?
Fiber may aid in weight management. That’s because high-fiber
foods take longer to digest and may help you feel full.
Remember, the key to managing your weight is to balance the
calories you take in with the calories you burn each day. If
you’re concerned about your weight, seek advice from a
physician or registered dietitian.
What is natural wheat bran fiber?
Wheat Bran fiber has been shown to have benefits
in promoting bowel regularity2.
Wheat bran is the part of the wheat kernel that
contains most of the fiber. Whole grain wheat and wheat
flour, which include the entire kernel, provide lower
concentrations of fiber than the wheat bran itself.
In addition to fiber, wheat bran provides vitamins
and minerals that our bodies need daily.
Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal
is a multitasker made with natural wheat
bran fiber. Learn more about this
nutritious grain here.
2Cummings JH. 1993. CRC Handbook of Dietary Fiber in Human Nutrition,
2nd Edition. Chapter 6.1: The Effect of Dietary Fiber on Fecal Weight and Composition.
pp. 263-349; US FDA Laxative Monograph (21 CFR 334.10 and 334.52 (d)(2).