Types of Fiber, soluble vs. insoluble fiber?
Many foods contain both types of fiber. Soluble fiber, which dissolves in water, and insoluble fiber , which does not. The two types of fiber behave very differently inside your digestive tract. Soluble fiber, plentiful in beans, oats and some vegetables , and most fruits and whole grains, take on a gelatinous consistency that will make you feel fuller and less inclined to overeat; it also helps to lower insulin and cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber, found in whole grains, beans , most vegetables and some fruits absorbs water, making stools softer and bulkier. In theory at least, that may reduce the risk of colon cancer by speeding potentially cancer-causing waste through the colon and also reducing their concentrations. People often take fiber for weight management, regularity, and detoxification. Some over the counter fiber products, however, may worsen an existing issue with constipation. Eat healthy and exercise!