Fiber Deficiency: Symptoms And Diseases Due To Fiber Deficiencies

Fiber Deficiency Effects

Fiber is a substance found in plant. Dietary fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, grains etc. Eating fiber is an important part of healthy diet plan.

Food deficient in fiber can give rise to many problems, which you could have been easily avoided.

Fiber deficiency in the food raises the risk of weight gain, heart disease, constipation, cancer etc.

Fiber Deficiency Symptoms

The symptoms of fiber deficiencies are not clear cut, but conditions related to its deficiency should be watched for in such circumstances.

Constipation; is having less than three bowel movements in a week; the stools are very dry and hard.

Fiber deficiency in the food is one of the cause for constipation, the other causes can be lack of exercise, certain medicines etc. If the problem is related to lack of fiber, you should incorporate fiber rich food in your diet. Spinach, green leafy vegetables and fruits and whole grains can make up for the deficiency.

Dietary Fiber Deficiency

Weight gain: fiber deficiency in the food can lead to weight gain. Dietary fiber also increases satiety, thus controls excess eating.

By eating fiber rich food, the risk of diabetes can be reduced. Dietary fiber delays absorption of carbohydrates and thus, decreases the insulin response to other dietary carbohydrates.

If your diet contains more of eggs, meat and cheese and low in other carbohydrate products, the chances of rise in cholesterol are very high.

Fiber deficiency in the food can give rise to diseases such as:

  • Heart disease, it is due to rise in cholesterol and blocking of the heart arteries.
  • Diabetes.
  • Cancer especially colon cancer.
  • Piles

Eating fiber rich food is good for health, but too much of fiber food at a time can case cramps, gas and diarrhea. You can prevent it by eating few grams of fibrous food at a given time.


  1. Candy said:

    Does fiber supplement can make me sick (vomiting) in case I take it when I suffer from its deficiency?

    September 20, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Why do you want to take fiber supplement when it is available in its natural form in fruits and vegetables? If you consume these foods, there is no need to worry of vomiting. Many times the taste and odor of the fiber supplement may cause feeling of vomiting.

      September 20, 2012

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