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The Family of Fibers: Dietary Variety for Maximum Health Benefits (Online Only)

Brought to you by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Center for Professional Development with a special thank you to the content writer Allison Dilzer, MS, RD and the presenter, Julie Jones, PhD, RD.

Despite continued recommendations for increased consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, less than 5% of all DRI age and gender subgroups meet recommended dietary fiber intakes. This module reviews the properties of fibers and how consumption of a variety of fibers provides the maximum health benefits. Physiological effects of fibers inherently found in food (intrinsic) and fibers added to food will be covered. A brief global history of the fiber definition and the analytical methods used to define fibers will be discussed. In addition, the session will provide specific examples of currently available fiber sources, as well as examine the gap in recommendations compared to intakes. Changes in intake will be encouraged through improved food choices containing both intrinsic and added fibers. The module will conclude by describing the relationship between the definition of fiber and labeling. Tips for identifying foods rich in fibers using the ingredient statement and the Nutrition Facts Panel will also be provided.

Planned with the International Life Science Institute North America.

CPEU Hours: 1.5
Level: 2
Suggested Learning Need Codes: 2020, 2070, 4030

Purchase the interactive e-learning module below.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the definitions of dietary fiber and related terminology.
  • Identify the primary physiological health benefits associated with a wide variety of dietary fibers.
  • Explain the really striking gap between fiber DRIs and actual intakes and I hope that you understand some of the recommendations to address this gap.

This e-learning self-study includes web links to the Health Canada website and the section on Overview of Dietary Fiber Definition in Other Jurisdictions, a paper by Howlett to read more about the recent discussion around the CODEX definition, the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, and additional Academy Online Learning opportunities.

The course includes pdf files of the speaker presentations and handouts as well as a downloadable CPE certificate.

Immediately following purchase, you will receive an access email for the module. This email contains a link which will remain active for 30 days once the link has been activated by the user.

This product is approved for individual use only. Only the registered participant is eligible for continuing professional education units.

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