National health surveys show that the average American consumes only 15 grams of fiber daily - about half of what is recommended. Fiber is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and regular bowel habits. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds are the main sources of fiber in the diet. Unfortunately, pureed and mechanically altered foods can often leave the diet short in adequate fiber. Adding fiber back into foods with a supplement is one way to help insure an adequate daily fiber intake. The fiber supplements featured on Dysphagia-Diet are suitable for use in altered foods and should not change consistencies when used as directed. Ask your healthcare professional about adding fiber back into your diet.