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What is Fiber and How Does it Affect your Body Weight?

Erin recently asked me, “Where exactly does fiber come from?” She didn’t mean what sources of food have fiber, she wanted to know WHERE the fiber in the food came from.  If you have ever wondered…it is found in the tough cell walls of plants.

Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.  Fiber is not found in animal products.

What are the 2 types of Fiber and Why Do you want Both

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Soluble fiber swells like a sponge in the stomach giving a food a jellylike bulk that makes you feel full.  Soluble fiber also binds with calories and fat in the stomach and intestines and pulls them out of the body before they can enter the bloodstream.  Good sources of soluble fiber are oatmeal, oat cereal, celery, carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, dried pears, apples, oranges, pears, lentils, strawberries, raspberries, nuts, and beans.

Most whole plant foods contain both types of fiber.  Eating a variety of fiber-rich foods will provide you with beneficial amounts of both.

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Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, includes the woody or structural parts of plants.  Insoluble fiber works like nature’s broom.  It helps to speed material through the digestive tract.  These burn calories in the process.  Good sources of insoluble fiber are root vegetables with skin, broccoli, apples, grapes, raisins, whole grains, wheat bran, corn, bran, couscous, brown rice, nuts, seeds, whole wheat, carrots, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower.

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P.S.  If you are looking for an excellent fiber powder source that includes both soluble and insoluble fiber, this one is my favorite for smoothies and baking!

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Originally posted 2020-05-02 16:26:13.

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