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What Are Soluble And Insoluble Fibers?

Dietary fiber also referred to as Roughage, is a type of carbohydrate. There are two main types of fibers, soluble and insoluble.

It's important to get fiber from a variety of sources, as eating too much of one type of food may not provide you with a healthy balanced diet.

Two Types Of Fiber

There are two main types of fiber: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, while insoluble fiber doesn't.

Generally, the sources of dietary fiber contain both types of dietary fiber but in different proportions.(source đź——)

Dietary Fibers Role

Dietary fibers play a significant role in health improvement via disease prevention and control. It’s reported to have several significant physiological health benefits, such as reduced risk of colonic cancer, bowel disorders, type-II diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc.(source 🗗)

Dietary Fiber In Food

Dietary fiber that is mainly derived from fruit, vegetables, and grains, is nondigestible carbohydrates. (source đź——)

If you are interested in a list of ranked foods where you can find all dietary fibers, go to our nutrition tool and check out total dietary fibers.

Examples of soluble dietary fiber

  • β-glucan
  • Pectin
  • Gums
  • Inulin

Examples of insoluble dietary fibers

  • Cellulose
  • Hemicellulose
  • Lignin
  • Cutin
  • Suberin
  • Chitin
  • Chitosan
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