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Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
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Dietary Fiber (Definition)

Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the ...Read more


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What does add the most fiber to my diet?

What does add the most fiber to my diet?

Plants: Adding more plants (fruits and veggies) will add fiber while helping add a substantial amount of other nutrients that are also healthy. There are lots of palatable ways to do this, even if you don't like fruits and veggies. Do internet search for recipes you like, then look for ways to add fruits & veggies to them. If you are trying to treat a particular condition, ask again w/more detail. Thx. ...Read more

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How can dietary fiber be added to the diet?

How can dietary fiber be added to the diet?

See below: fruits, vegetables. beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and whole grains are sources of dietary fiber. Milk dairy, cheese, meat, fish and poultry have no dietary fiber. Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to add more dietary fiber to your diet. Beans are also high in fiber and consider a serving of beans. ...Read more

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What fruits and vegetables should I eat for gastritis? I need to add more fiber to my diet.

What fruits and vegetables should I eat for gastritis? I need to add more fiber to my diet.

Diet: Tomatoes (often called a vegetable but actually a fruit) are often very good for gastritis. Citrus is best avoided. The easiest way to add fiber to your diet is to get a jar of Millers bran and throw a teaspoon into everything you eat. It has no detectable taste and therefore can be added to anything. ...Read more

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Can you count one fiber one bar a day to add to your 40 grams of fiber a day along with your fruits ,vegatables and whole grains?

Can you count one fiber one bar a day to add to your 40 grams of fiber a day along with your fruits ,vegatables and whole grains?

Fiber One bars: Yes. Just add the amount of fiber in the bar to your total fiber. Peace and good health. Please do not use the bars alone for fiber. Intake. ...Read more

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I have been constipated for the past 3 weeks and have tried adding more fiber and water to my diet but am still constipated. ?

See below: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit.ly/1uzOegm and MY Checklist: "Treating Constipation.". ...Read more

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Your standard recommendation of adding fiber & water to diet to relieve constipation: Is that supposed to show improvement within a couple of days?

Your standard recommendation of adding fiber & water to diet to relieve constipation: Is that supposed to show improvement within a couple of days?

It depends.: Fiber in your diet enters your intestines and isn't absorbed into your body for fuel. The more fiber you have, the more water is held in the colon to make up your stools, thus making them softer. But you must pass any hard stools formed BEFORE your diet change to see a difference, and if your increase insn't enough, you may see no change. For some people it may take a week. ...Read more

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Many protein bars,etc add FOS(Fructo-oligosaccharides). Is it used for adding fiber in their product?Do they provide same benefit as fiber from foods?

Many protein bars,etc add FOS(Fructo-oligosaccharides). Is it used for adding fiber in their product?Do they provide same benefit as fiber from foods?

No way; all sugars:: Fructose (a specific & very unhealthy sugar when concentrated) & saccharides (chains of sugar), oligo means short (i.e. easy to digest quickly into simple sugars which are rapidly absorbed; also rapidly converted by liver into triglyceride fats for storage if not physically very active when consuming these-study: http://goo.gl/uDGIwD for understanding). Sugar use=sales/sweet tooth/?$, NOT health! ...Read more

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Adding fiber in the diet; now massive bms, gastrointestinal pain?

Adding fiber in the diet; now massive bms, gastrointestinal pain?

Not enough water?: Having an adequate amount of fiber in your diet (30 gms of soluble fiber) is important part of optimal health (helps cholesterol, regularity, etc). The large bm's is not really a problem. The pain of more concern. Most important cause is not drinking enough water, seltzer, or fruit juice with the fiber. Fiber increases gas in GI tract, could also cause pain. Exercise daily also. ...Read more

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I see on cereal labels that some have added "fiber", but the "fiber" names sound artificial. Is the so called "fiber" safe? Is it helpful?

I see on cereal labels that some have added "fiber", but the "fiber" names sound artificial. Is the so called "fiber" safe? Is it helpful?

Safe and helpful: The "fiber" in cereal and other foods is typically the husk around seeds like grain or psyllium. It is safe and many people find it helps to keep them regular. Note, however, that many sugary cereals like lucky charms are not advertising "whole grain" and otherwise claiming to be high in fiber. They are still loaded with sugar and not very healthy. ...Read more

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Our baby started to hav frm 4 week constipation, he is 11 month, he gets muther milk n add. Food.We choose fiber food but still not work?Holds 5 days

Our baby started to hav  frm 4 week constipation, he is 11 month, he gets muther milk n  add. Food.We choose fiber food but still not work?Holds 5 days

take him to a doctor: Constipation has many causes, and most of the time, without detailed history and examination, it is impossible to find the cause. Most of the baby's constipation is functional (there are no anatomic causes). Stools may be very hard, and often causes a crack around the anus, causing painful bm, which causes more constipation. But, there are many other causes that could become serious if left alone. ...Read more

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I think the flax that is being added to cereal causes gas. What types of added fiber (in cereal or granola) doesn't cause gas?

I think the flax that is being added to cereal causes gas. What types of added fiber (in cereal or granola) doesn't cause gas?

Fiber is fiber: It is our inability to completely digest fiber that causes gas. If this is a major problem, you may want to consider lowering your daily fiber intake. It is a hit or miss issue. ...Read more

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Can hems develop just because?Don't strain, not constipatd, get moderate activity.Eat soft foods and fiber.Drink plenty of liquids.Dne nothg to add prsr

Can hems develop just because?Don't strain, not constipatd, get moderate activity.Eat soft foods and fiber.Drink plenty of liquids.Dne nothg to add prsr

Yes: Hemorrhoids are more common in developed countries, whose diet is typically high in fat and low in fiber. Anatomically , a weakening of the support structure of the anal canal is all that is needed. This can occur without provocation. ...Read more

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My toddler is a picky eater who refuses fruit and veggies. she's not regular. any suggestions on adding a fiber supplement?

My toddler is a  picky eater who refuses fruit and veggies. she's not regular.  any suggestions on adding a fiber supplement?

Fiber supplements: in the shape of cereals and nutrition bars are usually most readily accepted. However my recommendation is to continue to entice her with small servings of different types of greens and fruits, prepared in different manners, taken together with things she may like. Most kids refuse veggies due to their texture, but I have not met many children who rebuff everything under the sun. Persistence ! ...Read more

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How do i treat my anal fissure? I have chronic. Been adding foods that have fiber? I dread going to the bathroom. It hurts really bad.

How do i treat my anal fissure? I have chronic. Been adding foods that have fiber? I dread going to the bathroom. It hurts really bad.

Get evaluated: I would see a general surgeon or proctologist (anus surgeon) to evaluate & discuss your options. If this is chronic there may be a need to remove the scarred site to allow it to heal easier. Diet & other care options can be discussed at the time. ...Read more

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I have been changing my diet..I did not use to eat greens but lately has been adding kale salad to my diet. However, why is my stomach rumbling loudly after that? Is it because I can't tolerate it or I am not used to the amount of fiber? Can stomach rumbl

I have been changing my diet..I did not use to eat greens but lately has been adding kale salad to my diet. However, why is my stomach rumbling loudly after that? Is it because I can't tolerate it or I am not used to the amount of fiber? Can stomach rumbl

Fiber load!: You can tolerate it, you are just getting use to the fiber load. If it is not uncomfortable ignore it. Because the trapped air makes you feel fuller! If it hurts a little take simethicone or Beeno with those types of veggies. or with bloating. Good for you! You will be healthier happier, and feel very virtuous every day. because you are superior! But you could try increasing amt slower. ...Read more

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Can adding to much fiber at once cause loose stools, and i've been eating 2 cups of activia yogurt a day plus I have a cold?

Can adding to much fiber at once cause loose stools, and i've been eating 2 cups of activia yogurt a day plus I have a cold?

Stools: The character and consistency of stools may change with alterations in dietary intake which change the colonic bacterial flora, but as long as this does not change the frequency of stooling, probably will resolve spontaneously if actually due to your changes in diet. On the other hand, the loose stools are more likely related to the virus producing your cold. If it keeps up, see a doctor. ...Read more

Increase Fiber In Diet (Definition)

Dietary fiber adds bulk to your diet. Because it makes you feel full faster, it can be helpful in controlling weight. Fiber aids digestion, helps prevent constipation, and is sometimes used for the treatment of diverticulosis, ...Read more


Low Fiber Diet (Definition)

You may have noticed that some of the commercial foods are adding fiber. This is totally unnecessary. Fresh fruit and vegetables supply fiber ...Read more