Types of Fiber 101

In our previous post about Why It’s Important To Eat High Fiber Foods (link will go here), we spoke about the many benefits of a high fiber diet and the recommended daily fiber consumption. Now that we are aware of this information many of us may find it difficult to consume the recommended amount of fiber per day. For many of us, we think that eating fruits and vegetables is the key to optimal stomach health. However, many are unaware that there are two different types of fiber, each with it’s individual health benefits. The question is, where is your fiber coming from?

DIETARY FIBER

Breaking down soluble and insoluble fiber…

SOLUBLE FIBER

  • Soluble fiber dissolves in water and when broken down forms a gelatinous substance in the colon that brings down the rate at which sugars are distributed in the blood.
  • It collects bad gut bacteria, complex carbohydrates, and dietary fibers that our body otherwise cannot digest.
  • It also helps lower the symptoms of constipation.

INSOLUBLE FIBER

  • Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and but does moves through the large intestine at a slower rate of pace.
  • It passes through the digestive system in the same form as it is digested.
  • It attracts water to the stool, making it easier to pass.
  • Regulates pH levels in the intestines.

It is important to know what types of fiber you are consuming to truly understand its benefits. Are you looking to collect bad gut bacteria or regulate your intestines pH levels?

Another important question to ask is… Are you consuming a high quality source of fiber? These are just some questions to keep in mind when you are shopping around for your source of fiber.

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