Plant foods have numerous health benefits including fiber, low calorie content and an abundant source of micronutrients and phytochemicals. They encourage satiety and help with bowel health. Increasing evidence shows that dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) plays a multifactorial role in the battle against cardiovascular disease. Yet most Americans consume less than half the recommended intake and don’t recognize the importance of dietary fiber. This course provides information about the health benefits of fiber to encourage others to increase intake of fiber-rich plant foods.
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Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Dietary Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction
Dietary Reference Intakes for Total Fiber per Day (IOM, 2005)
Fiber and Health
Fiber and Cardiovascular Disease
Fiber and LDL Cholesterol
Mechanisms of Action
Food Sources of Dietary Fiber
Nuts and Seeds
Processing of Whole Grains
Fiber and Popular Diets
Other Potential Mechanisms for CVD Reduction with Fiber
Tips for Increasing Fiber Intake
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 3: Conclusion
Resources for Dietary Fiber Information
Staff Writer: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND
Katherine Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD, FAND, is a board-certified specialist in gerontological nutrition. She works for the Department of Veteran Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics in White City, Oregon. She is involved actively in the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has served as nominating chairperson, social media chairperson, professional development director, and 2018-2019 chairperson.Disclosure: Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics as Full time employee
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.Disclosure: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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