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Biologically speaking, dietary fiber is a non-digestible form of carbohydrate that occurs naturally in plants. It comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble, and is critical in performing many important functions1, including digestion and laxation.
There are two types of fiber, each with distinct characteristics and benefits. Here’s a quick rundown of each:
Soluble fiber attracts water and slows the digestion process2
Common Sources: Barley, nuts, seeds, beans, peas and some fruits and vegetables
Insoluble fiber is not soluble in water and helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.2
Common Sources: Wheat bran, vegetables and whole grains
Amongst numerous other health benefits, dietary fiber helps provide a feeling of fullness3, making it a crucial nutritional element to consider when trying to eat smart.
Most Americans consume less than the recommended value of fiber, with much of that coming from less than ideal sources such as breads, rolls and pizza crust.4 The good news is there are plenty of nutritious alternatives.
Knowing you need more fiber is one thing. Knowing where to get it is another. Here are some examples of fiber-rich foods to target when trying to increase your intake.
Click on each to see how much fiber you’ll find in a common portion.
Smart Ones® features a wide variety of meals with at least 4g of fiber per serving, including new and improved recipes designed around your nutritional needs. Click here to see them all.
Before starting any new eating regimen or diet, please consult with a healthcare professional.
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