Dietary fiber is an important digestive aide, and has been a topic of interest for many years, especially in relation to its cardioprotective and cholesterol-lowering effects. On average, Americans consume less than half the recommended intake of dietary fiber. Sustaining an adequate daily fiber intake is demonstrated to provide numerous health benefits. Understanding the different types of fiber, sources, health claims allowed on food labels, and how to increase dietary fiber are crucial to ensure the health of the public.
The goal of this dietary fiber and cholesterol reduction continuing education program is to inform and update dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, fitness professionals and health educators on the role dietary fiber plays in cholesterol reduction and the prevention of heart disease. After you study the information here, you will be able to:
- Explain three ways in which dietary fiber may protect against coronary heart disease
- Describe the predominant way that viscous fibers are thought to lower serum cholesterol
- List the Adequate Intake levels for dietary fiber for adult men and women
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.1 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2016 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.