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What are soluble and insoluble fibers

What are soluble and insoluble fibers

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Food provides carbohydrates, proteins and fats which are digested and absorbed by the body.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

However, dietary fibre is that part of plant foods which is not digested by the body and helps maintain digestive health.

Soluble Fibre

Include foods such as apples, whole wheat flour etc that provide both soluble and insoluble fibre in your diet everyday.

Soluble fibre turns into a gel-like material in the digestive tract. This type of fibre helps lower blood cholesterol and control blood glucose levels.

You can find soluble fibre in foods such as pulses, legumes, oats, peas, beans, carrots, barley and fruits such as apples, citrus fruits etc.

Insoluble Fibre

Insoluble fibre does not dissolve and adds bulk to the contents in the digestive tract. In this way it promotes the movement of contents through the digestive system. This type of fibre helps relieve constipation and irregular bowel movements.

Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes contain insoluble fibre.

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