Korean J Nutr.  2008 Jan;41(1):100-110.

Analysis of Dietary Fiber Intake in the Korean Adult Population Using 2001 Korean National Health and Nutrition Survey Data and Newly Established Dietary Fiber Database

  • 1Department of Food & Nutrition, Daejeon University, Daejeon 701-214, Korea. sunly@cun.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Food and Nutrition, Ansan University, Ansan 426-701, Korea.
  • 3Kellog Institute, Battle.Creek, Michigan 49017, USA.


The present study estimates intake levels of dietary fiber (DF) in Korean adults aged 20 and over, using a newly established dietary fiber database for 3,149 food items, as well as 24-hour recall method data from the 2001 Korean National Health and Nutrition Survey. Dietary fiber intake and food groups are analyzed by gender, age, and region. The average dietary fiber intake, per capita of Korea was estimated to be 12.24 g/1,000 kcal or 23.58 g/day. Caloriebased dietary fiber intake for 20-49 year-old-Korean males, 20-29 year-old females, and the adults who resided in metropolitan areas was under the Adequate Intake for DF, 12 g/1,000 kcal. Further, the dietary fiber intake after adjusting energy intake in people over 75 year-old was estimated to be 75% of AI. Vegetables, cereals and fruits were three major sources of DF for Korean, making up approximately 75% of DF. Regarding the subjects of this study, major sources of dietary fiber were Kimchi and well-polished rice, which supplied 13.98% and 9.16% of total dietary fiber intake, respectively. The result of this study could contribute to the establishment of DRIs for dietary fiber, after adjusting energy intake for Korean aged 75 years and over. The beneficial health effects of DF and the necessity of nutritional education in this area should be continuously emphasized concerning 20-29 year-old people and metropolitan adults.


new dietary fiber D/B; 2001 Korean national health and nutrition survey; dietary fiber intake

MeSH Terms

Dietary Fiber
Edible Grain
Energy Intake
Nutrition Surveys
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