One rule of thumb which many people follow these days regarding amount of fiber to take is 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories of food intake. This ensures that sufficient amount of fiber is present to neutralize any calorie intake. For example for 2500 calories you need to take 25 grams of fiber. Although many dieticians would recommend more than this still this rule of thumb is a good starting point.
Many of us may be tempted to take more fiber supplement to fulfill the fiber requirements but the below video tells us why fiber supplements may not always be the best option to meet your requirements of dietary fiber.
One of the reasons is – if you are short on fiber that means that you are taking more meat products and very less plant based product. As you may be already aware plant based foods are the source of fiber for us. Where as animal products do not contain any fiber. Hence it can be presumed that you are not taking enough plant based foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds or whole grain products.
When you do not take plant based foods, although you can meet your fiber requirements from supplements such as metamucil, Konsyl or Benefiber, you would still miss out on micro-nutrients and various minerals and vitamins which are otherwise available to you from plant based foods, More more information you can watch the video below –
Although the above video cautions against too much supplements, there may be reasons such as weight reduction or constipation reduction which may still require you to take fiber supplements. When you take any supplement including fiber you should have good enough reason and justification for taking that supplement and the same applies to fiber supplement intake also.