What is fiber?

Fiber is also known as roughage. It is the indigestible part of plant foods that pushes through our digestive system, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements.

When eating a wholefood diet it is recommended to consume 25-30 g of fiber daily.

The 2 Main Types of Fiber

There are 2 main types of fiber in fruits and vegetables. These are insoluble and soluble.

One simple way to increase fiber intake is to power up on bran. Bran from many grains is very rich in dietary fiber. Oat bran is high in soluble fiber, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. Wheat, corn, and rice bran are high in insoluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation.

A good diet involves watching your calorie count, including food rich in nutrients and vitamins, avoiding saturated fats, as well as paying particular attention to all sources of fiber

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