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What is dietary fiber?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics
Fiber is the component that makes up the “bulk” of food. There are two main types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber form a gel when wet that functions in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. This type of fiber can be found in fruits, oatmeal, and beans. Insoluble is the fiber that does not dissolve in water. This type induces satiety and promotes a regular digestive system. Like the stringy fibers in celery, these insoluble fibers can also be found in brown rice, rye, and broccoli.

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