What is Dietary Fiber?
Fiber, or dietary fiber, is a carbohydrate that comes from plants. It falls under the category of carbohydrates but is different from most carbs because it can’t be broken down to sugar (glucose) like the others.
There are 2 types:
Soluble fiber is able to be dissolved in water. It becomes a gel as it absorbs water. This is the type of fiber that slows digestion to keep us fuller for longer.
Find it in beans, avocados, chia seeds and most vegetables.
Insoluble fiber cannot be dissolved in water. That means it goes into our digestive system and comes out mostly unaltered. This type of fiber is described as a ‘bulking agent’ since it adds volume to out stool and keeps us regular - it prevents constipation and promotes regularity.