What is Dietary Fiber?
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found naturally in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds that is not digestible in human. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is the type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It adds bulk to your stool, promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation.
What Are The Proposed Benefits of Dietary Fiber?
- Relieves constipation
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Helps control blood sugar levels
- Aids in achieving a healthy weight
Evidence From Clinical Research
Research study concluded that individuals with high intakes of dietary fiber appear to be at significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, certain gastrointestinal diseases, lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels.(1)
(1) Anderson JW et al. Health benefits of dietary fiber. Nutr Rev. 2009 Apr;67(4):188-205.