Fiber is a nutrient that comes from plants, like fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans and lentils) and whole grains.
There are 2 types of fiber – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol (fat in the blood). Insoluble fiber keeps your stomach and intestines healthy. Both types of fiber help your child keep a healthy weight.
Check the nutrition label. Fiber is measured in grams. Look for the following words:
The amount of fiber your child needs depends on his age. It also depends on his nutritional or medical needs.
Here is how much fiber a typical child should get every day:
Fiber can cause bloating or excess gas. To help ease bloating or gassiness, have your child drink lots of water every day. Adding fiber slowly into your child’s diet can also help.