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Fiber 101

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Today we are looking into fiber, the non-digested portion of food that helps to control weight and improve digestion. This dietary supplement is divided into two groups: soluble and insoluble. So, what is the difference between these? Well, it's very simple. The soluble fiber dissolves in water forming a viscous gel that entraps nutrients and slows down digestion. This helps to avoid sugar “highs”, keeps hunger at bay and ensures longer-lasting energy. It is great for lowering LDL cholesterol and moderating the blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber, as it name indicates, does not dissolve in water but has the capability to absorb it. It is very effective to promote regular bowel movement and prevent constipation.

Soluble fiber can be found in oats, beans, barley, flax seeds, apples, citrus fruits, and carrots, while insoluble fiber is found in wheat bran, leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, grapes, dried fruits, seeds and nuts.

Now, which one is more important? Well, they both are essential for your health. If you want to lower your bad cholesterol levels and keep sustained energy then you should include soluble fiber rich foods into your diet such as Oatworks.

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