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As we look into the studies on fiber we find that fiber is important for gastrointestinal health as well as cholesterol-lowering benefits. Fiber is mainly used by your body to clean it out easier. It passes through your body unchanged and will push everything in front of it in the digestive system along, making the digestive process easier. Another function for fiber is to regulate how full you are. The amount of fiber you eat is what gives you the full feeling when you eat a lot. Some of the places you can find fiber is in oats, wheat and basically any food with any part of a plant in it. Fiber is a plant that cannot be broken down by the human digestive system. Intestinal bacteria are able to utilize fiber as nutrition, thus helping you to be well. Our digestive system is unable to break down dietary fiber and this indigestible ingredient has many effects on the functions of the body. Because fiber is not absorbed by the body, it does not significantly increase the energy content of food, and thus helps you to control your body weight. Soluble fiber is “soluble” in water. When mixed with water it forms and swells into a gel-like substance making the feces increase in weight. The dissolving of some fibers in water forms viscous solutions in the intestines; these are called viscous or soluble fibers. Soluble fiber has a lot of many benefits, including but not limited to, moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. Some of the soluble fibers include pectins, gums, mucilages and some hemicelluloses. Some of the good sources of soluble fiber include oats and oatmeal, legumes, barley, fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water. It will pass through our digestive system in close to its original form. Insoluble fiber will offer many benefits to the intestinal health, which can include a reduction in the risk and…...

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