Plant foods are a hot topic again, this time for the protective benefits of their fiber. We know that plant foods are low in calories and rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals, encourage satiety, and “keep us regular.” Increasing evidence shows that dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble) plays a multifactorial role in the battle against the No. 1 cause of death worldwide: cardiovascular disease. Yet the majority of Americans consume less than half the recommended intake and do not understand the importance of dietary fiber to health. This course explains the health benefits of fiber, offering healthcare practitioners the opportunity to encourage their patients and clients to increase their intake of fiber-rich plant foods.
The goal of this continuing education course is to inform and update registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and other healthcare professionals about the role dietary fiber plays in cholesterol reduction and the prevention of heart disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain three ways dietary fiber may protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- 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 multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com
and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2070, 4000, 4030, 4040 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 8.3.1, 8.3.5, 8.3.6.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
Course Originally Released on:
Date of Most Recent Review:
Course Termination/Update Date:
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.
For Florida professionals:
This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.
It is now required that all CE is completed and reported to CE Broker before you renew your license. When you complete continuing education with us, OnCourse Learning will report your hours for you.
Read more about the new license renewal process at AreYouRenewalReady.com and claim your free Basic Account in CE Broker to see what has already been reported for you.
Please check the licenses/certifications section under my account (after logging in) to make sure you have entered a valid FL license number. This information is required for correct reporting of your course completions to CE Broker.