Fiber is becoming an important part of an individual's diet. Clinical studies have demonstrated positive benefits for an individuals overall health. The health benefits include improved digestive health, disease prevention, weight loss and healthy weight management. You should think about the amount of fiber in your diet. A study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture found that people who consume a diet high in fiber excrete large amount of unused calories in their stool. Other studies have shown a moderate intake of fiber can also increase unused calories in the stool. The individual's also experience a decrease in their appetite. How does fiber effect our calories? Well, fiber does block the absorption of calories consumed. Even thought fiber blocks the absorption and elimination of calories,our bodies still retain the nutrient it needs. There have been studies that have shown how well calcium, iron and zinc were absorbed by the body. We should increase our daily intake of fiber, we might experience a very healthy feeling.