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Concerning the query about recommended fiber amounts:

The July issue of the Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter has an
article on "Fiber formula for the formative years" that gives 20 to 35
grams of fiber a day as the recommendation from the National Cancer
Institute for adults. Nutrition experts at a dietary fiber conference
recommend that children age 3 and older get fiber equal to the child's age
plus 5 grams. However, the Tufts article notes that most youngsters do not
consume anywhere near the target amount. Eight-year-old children
(recommended 13 grams of fiber a day) eat only about 10 grams, a shortfall
roughly equivalent to half an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter,
three-quarters of a cup of oatmeal, or a half cup each of broccoli and

Elsa Kapitan-White <kapitan-white@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Schlumberger Oilfield Marketing Services
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