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What is the difference between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber and dietary fiber?

In Topics: Nutrition
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Dr.Monika
Feb 19, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

As defined by the Mayo Clinic: fiber is commonly classified into two categories: those that don't dissolve in water (insoluble fiber) and those that do (soluble fiber).

Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

Resources:

Childhood constipation
http://www.pluggedinparents.com/component/content/article/434

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