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Too Much of a Good Thing?
It isn't common, but believe it or not, you can overdo a good thing and consume too much fiber. If you're planning to increase your fiber intake, make sure you do so gradually.
The bacteria in your stomach and intestines need time to adjust to additional fiber in your diet. If you add more fiber to your diet too quickly or consume too much on a regular basis, you may end up with gas, diarrhea, cramps and bloating.
If you're older than 65 or have had surgery on some part of your stomach, intestines, colon or rectum, you may feel the effects of added fiber more than others, so take caution and check with your doctor and registered dietitian nutritionist before adding fiber to your meals and snacks.
For more information on adding fiber to your diet, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Vitamins, Nutrients and Supplements page.
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Reviewed July 2013