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Constipation (having trouble passing stool) is common in people who have celiac disease. Some people have constipation when they’re diagnosed with celiac disease. Some don’t have constipation until they start eating a gluten-free diet. Fiber can help ease constipation. This handout has helpful tips on how to add more fiber to your gluten-free diet. It also has many ideas on types of foods that can help you eat more fiber.
What is Fiber?
Fiber is a nutrient in food that helps keep your stomach and intestines healthy. Fiber comes from plants, like grains, vegetables and fruits, and has many important jobs in your body. Fiber helps move food through your stomach and intestines and helps make stools (easier to pass. It also helps you pass stool more regularly.
How Much Fiber Should I Eat Every Day?
Adults and teens should eat 25-35 grams of fiber every day. Children over age 2 should eat grams of fiber equal to their age plus 5. You can find out how much fiber is in your food by reading the nutrition label. Be sure to look at the serving size on the nutrition label too.
It’s important to add more fiber to your diet slowly. Adding fiber too quickly can make you feel gassy and have stomach pain.
How Can I Add More Fiber to My Diet?
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