What are the health benefits of 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.
- Soluble fibers help slow digestion. Research shows that soluble fiber may help lower levels of serum total and LDL (bad) cholesterol when consumed in sufficient quantities. Recommended intakes in a diet designed to help lower cholesterol are 5-10 g/day and more.
- 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, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.