19 Beans and Legumes High in Fiber

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19 Beans and Legumes High in Fiber

Beans are a great source of fiber, with the average cup of beans providing over 50% of the daily value (%DV). Eating more fiber significantly decreases the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and other serious medical conditions. (1)

Beans high in fiber include navy beans, small white beans, adzuki beans, split peas, lentils, pintos, mung, chickpeas, and kidney beans. The current daily value (DV) for fiber is 28 grams. (2)

Below is a list of 19 beans high in fiber. For more, see the nutrient ranking of over 50 beans high in fiber.

How much fiber do you need each day?

The daily value (DV) for fiber is 28 grams per day. (2) This is the amount shown on food labels to help the average person compare the health benefits of different foods. However, for many people, this amount is actually too low.

The adequate intake (AI) is a more accurate daily target, and varies by age and gender. The AI for fiber is up to 38 grams per day. (3) We've included the specific values below for various groups below, so you can determine what your personal target should be.

The average American consumes far less than the DV for fiber, let alone the AI for their demographic group. (4)

Here is the breakout of the adequate intake by age and gender for fiber: (3)

Life StageRDA
1-3 years old19g
4-8 years old25g
9-13 years old31g
14-50 years old38g
50+ years old30g
9-18 years old26g
19-50 years old25g
50+ years old21g
14-50 years old29g
14-50 years old29g
Extensive research has been done to determine how much fiber is needed to provide protection against cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and other serious health concerns. This research shows that men need more fiber than women in order to get the maximum health benefits, which is why the AI targets are higher for men. (3)

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Data Sources and References

  1. Thomas M. Barber, Stefan Kabisch, Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer and Martin O. Weickert The Health Benefits of Dietary Fibre Nutrients. 2020 Oct; 12(10): 3209.
  2. FDA on Daily Values
  3. Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes
  4. Diane Quagliani, MBA, RDN, LDN and Patricia Felt-Gunderson, MS, RDN, LDN Closing America’s Fiber Intake Gap Am J Lifestyle Med. 2017 Jan-Feb; 11(1): 80–85. Published online 2016 Jul 7. doi: 10.1177/1559827615588079
  5. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central
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