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Balanced correctly, soluble and insoluble fiber work together, like a sponge and a scraper to help maintain the digestive tract. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains will give you a ratio of roughly 25% - 35% soluble fiber and 65% - 75% insoluble fiber.
The National Institutes of Health recommends that adults consume 20-35 grams of fiber every day, but most Americans are lucky if they consume 12-15 grams of fiber in their average diet. This is often blamed on the Standard American Diet, (or S.A.D.) which consists of high fat entrees, refined forms of carbohydrates, and low in raw fruits and vegetables.
Experts are calling us to eat more fiber, so we can begin to receive the benefits to a healthy digestive and cardiovascular system. With the small amount of fiber people consume every day, supplementation is an easy and convenient solution.