After 40 years of comparing different lab results, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally computed the right dose of fiber that humans must take every day.
Based on WHO’s research, adult humans must take at least 25-29 grams of fiber a day.
The main goal of the said research is to have a unified result in terms of the right amount of fiber that humans need to take daily. In retrospect, a lot of studies in the past yielded different conclusions regarding the right amount of daily fiber intake.
According to the researchers, the previous studies about fiber are not comprehensive since they only focused on a single carbohydrate strand.
Andrew Reynolds, one of the researchers, said that aside from determining the right amount of fiber to consume daily, WHO researchers also identified the diseases that are associated with low fiber intake. He stressed that their study would be of great help as a reference tool to prevent chronic diseases.
Reynolds also told the press that it took them 185 observational cases to derive accurate results.
He further said that the entire WHO team performed 58 clinical tests and tapped almost 5,000 people as subjects.
Asked if it is good to take more fiber, Reynolds said that it is allowed but with precaution. Those people that have anemia must refrain from taking too much fiber since it will compromise their health. Other disadvantages of taking much fiber include bloating, stomach cramps, nausea, and dehydration. To counter these side effects, you just have to drink a lot of water and do a regular exercise.
While the WHO is confident that its study yielded accurate results, it admitted the fact that there is so much to be done. Reynolds said that to be safe; everyone must consume fiber-rich foods sparingly.