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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found a three-fold increase in metabolic syndrome in children eating the least amount of dietary fiber when compared to the group eating the most. There were no differences when consumption of saturated fat or cholesterol was analyzed however.
The researchers recommend focusing on increasing fiber in the diet, and not worrying so much about finding low-fat foods. That does not mean teens should fill their diets with fat-filled foods, but it does mean seeking out nutrient-dense foods high in fiber.
Most low-fat foods today are those processed foods that have been filled with sugar to make up for lack of taste that comes with low-fat options. Replacing fat with sugar in foods is what has contributed to the current obesity and diabetes epidemic this country now faces. Up to 30 percent of teen’s dietary intake comes from beverages and sugary snacks.
But change can be tough. Joseph Carlson, the lead researcher, stated, “The trick is getting people into the groove finding the foods that they enjoy and that are convenient.”
The statistics are screaming at us from many different sources. Our diets and lifestyle have to change in order for us to see significant health improvements. This begins in childhood. ReNew Life founder Brenda Watson recommends that adults consume at least 35 grams of fiber daily. For children and teens, we recommend adding 5 grams to their age. So a 13-year-old should eat 18 grams of fiber daily. How can you add fiber back into your diet, and the diet of your family? For more information, visit ReNew Life’s fiber supplements page.
You asked for them. We listened! Now when you visit the ReNew Life blog, you can check out our brand new Recipes & Diet section to view more than 100 healthful and delicious recipes compiled by our expert nutrition team to help you lose weight, improve digestion and live healthier every day.
From beverages and shakes to lunches, dinners, sides and more, you’ll find plenty of mouthwatering options the whole family will enjoy—plus helpful tips and oodles of interesting food facts. Not only that, but our culinary experts will be adding new recipes periodically to provide you with fresh inspiration. So what will it be? Whole-grain French Toast with Yogurt and Bananas? Chicken Caesar Salad? Or maybe a slice of irresistible Carrot Spice Snack Cake? The possibilities are endless!