Two Kinds of Fiber

What do a sponge and broom have to do with a healthy gut?

They are like fiber in your diet.

The sponge is similar to soluble fiber:

  • it absorbs water in the gut
  • it slows down digestion
  • it makes you feel fuller longer

Soluble fiber is found in fruit and vegetable pulp, oats, barley, legumes, sprouts, and dried fruits.

The broom is like insoluble fiber:

  • it is the structural portions of plant material
  • it is insoluble in water
  • it acts like a broom to sweep or cleans the gut

Insoluble fibre is found in peels of fruits and vegetables; whole grain cereals, millets and nuts.

For women, aim to get 25g of fiber daily.

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