Fiber: Not Your Strong Point

28 Feb

Fiber: Not Your Strong Point

In a recent study of general knowledge about dietary fiber, the Kellogg Company found that Americans are not-so-surprisingly, not-so-knowledgeable about the roles and sources of dietary fiber.

In a study of 1,006 adults conducted in November 2010, Kellogg’s found that of those surveyed:

  • 20% mistakenly believed that meats and seafoods are a good source of fiber
  • 17% thought dairy contains fiber
  • 10% believed that water has fiber
  • 15% thought that fiber is important only for promoting bowel regularity
  • 72% surveyed expected whole grain foods to be good sources of fiber, when they aren’t necessarily are

The general population’s knowledge deficit about fiber isn’t surprising: Americans get less than half the amount of fiber they need each day.

Simple studies pointing out fundamental fiber knowledge gaps are good PR tools for cereal companies; a nearly similar study covered recently in this blog was conducted by General Mills with almost equivalent results.

While ready-to-eat breakfast cereals can be a good source of whole grain and dietary fiber, it is important to look for those that don’t contain added, functional fibers but that do have a minimal amount of added sugars. See this recent post for a list of recommended breakfast cereals that are high in fiber, low in sugar and iron-fortified.

3 Responses to “Fiber: Not Your Strong Point”

  1. Mindie March 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    “20% mistakenly believed that meats and seafoods are a good source of fiber”

    Are you kidding me? On what planet? The rest of the statistics are quite stunning as well, but that one was a bit of a slap.

    Just a question for you: When you see reports like this, does it surprise you at all, or have you been at this long enough that you’re used to the general public’s ignorance?

    • Katie Clark March 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Thanks for your comment – to answer your question, when I see stats like this, I think of it as job security! It might be obvious to you that meat has no fiber, but I think the general public is generally unaware of what is or isn’t in our food, so it keeps a Registered Dietitian in business!

      • Mindie March 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

        I suppose that is indeed a plus side! Well, I’m glad I ran across your little spot on the web. I’ll be returning to see if you can shock me some more!

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