Fiber and Children's Diets

Updated:Oct 12,2016

AHA Recommendation

Children older than 2 years should gradually adopt American Heart Association dietary recommendations.

That means eating a healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, nontropical vegetable oils and nuts, while limiting sodium, sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats.

Read the nutrition facts panel on the food label to determine how much fiber is in the food you are choosing.

The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has estimated the adequate intake for fiber based on factors such as age or gender. Your child’s individual fiber needs may differ.

Age Fiber (Grams)
1-3 years 19
4-8 years 25
9-13 years Female - 26
Male - 31
14-18 years Female - 26
Male - 38

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Last reviewed 2/2015

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