Your body needs both soluble and insoluble fiber to help with digestion, may also lower cholesterol and improve overall health. So what are the two types of fiber?
- Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion – much like when water is added to oatmeal. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables.
- Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains, brown rice, skin of fruit. It adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.
Some benefits of soluble fiber:
- Attaches to cholesterol particles and takes it out of the body, decreasing overall cholesterol levels
- Although it is a carbohydrate, it doesn’t dissolve in your digestive system therefore doesn’t contribute to blood sugar spikes that can occur
- Contribute to weight management as it will keep you feeling full longer – slows digestion
- Absorbs water as it passes through the digestive tract helping you stay regular with softer stools
Benefits of insoluble fiber:
- Like the “broom” of your digestive tract to sweep out the waste
- Can also help you feel full longer
- Helps keep you regular by moving food through your digestive tract – good if constipated
- Removes toxins from the colon
- Helps maintain regular pH acidity in the digestive tract
FDA says a “high fiber source” must have at least 5g of fiber per serving. Daily recommended intake of fiber is 25g. You can get this from having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as lentils and grains.
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