Dietary Fiber

A) Soluble Fiber

  • During digestion soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel which helps binds or eliminates excess fat from the gastro-intestinal  (GI) tract.
  • It also lowers cholesterol, & helps lower risk of heart disease
  • Helps normalize blood sugar level.
  • Found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, fruits & vegs
  • It is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement.

2) Insoluble Fiber

  • Enhances body’s digestive function by allowing foods to pass through GI tracts to prevent constipation & other conditions including diverticulosis.
  • It adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.
  • Found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains.