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How much fiber does your child need?

Michelle Mirizzi • MS, Registered Dietitian • Feb 12, 2012

Dietary Fiber Needs For Children

We know that most children do not get enough fiber. This is probably because most children do not eat enough fruits, vegetables, legumes and 100% whole grains. So, how much fiber do kids need?  Read about foods high in dietary fiber or use our nutrient tool!

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General Guidelines - Daily Fiber Dietary Needs

Here are the most recent daily recommendations from the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI’s):
Fiber recommendations per day*: grams
Children 1 to 3 years old 19
Children 4 to 8 years old 25
Boys 9 to 13 years old 31
Girls 9 to 13 years old 26
Adults ( depending on calorie intake) 25

Daily Fiber Dietary Needs By Calorie Requirement


dietary needs of fiber for children


Easy Dietary Fiber Estimator*
Daily calorie
Daily dietary
 fiber needs
1000 14 grams
1200 17 grams
1400 20 grams
1600 22 grams
1800 25 grams
2000 28 grams
2200 31 grams
2400 34 grams
2600 36 grams
2800 39 grams
3000 42 grams








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Written by Michelle MirizziWritten on Feb 12, 2012Last updated on Oct 16, 2013




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