Dietary fiber has been consumed for centuries, recognized for having health benefits. Soluble and insoluble fibers make up the two basic categories of dietary fiber.
Dietary fiber is defined as nondigestible carbohydrates.
Fiber is an essential nutrient required for proper digestion of foods and functioning of the digestive tract. There are two different kinds, those that are insoluble in water and those that are soluble.
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Dietary Fibers Function
Dietary fiber is a complex material.
Fiber doesn't break down into sugar molecules as most carbohydrates do.
Instead, it passes through the body undigested. Fiber can help regulate 🗗 your body's use of sugars and thereby helps to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.
High-fiber diets have been shown through research to be more satiating 🗗 and linked to lower body weights.
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Below you will find a list of fibers where you can find out what they are and what they might be able to do for you, or why you should avoid them.
Insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water
Insoluble fibers can be very beneficial for your stomach. Read more about it in our article: What Are Insoluble Dietary Fibers & What Foods Can I Find It In?
Insoluble fiber can help food move through your digestive system, promoting regularity, and helping prevent constipation. Find out more about what kind of benefits insoluble fiber have in our article: Insoluble Fiber: 4 Research-Backed Benefits
Examples of foods with insoluble fibers are whole wheat bread, brown rice, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
Soluble fiber, which dissolves in water
Soluble fibers can be very beneficial for your stomach. Read more about it in our article: What Are Soluble Dietary Fibers & What Foods Can I Find It In?
Soluble fiber can prolong the time between stomach emptying so that sugar can be released and absorbed more slowly.
Therefore help lower glucose levels.
Find out more about what kind of benefits soluble fiber have in our article: Soluble Fiber: 5 Research-Backed Benefits
Examples of foods with soluble fiber are oatmeal, nuts, apples, and blueberries.
Fibers, both soluble and insoluble
Soluble and insoluble fibers are together called roughage.
Learn more about roughage in our article What Are Soluble And Insoluble Fibers & What Foods Can I Find Them In?
Inulin is a carbohydrate that is classified as dietary fiber and works as food for vital bacteria in your stomach and intestines. Want to know more about inulin? Read our article: What Is Inulin?
Inulin can positively influence health. But what benefits might it have? Check out Inulin: 2 Research-Backed Benefits