Fiber does wonderful things for our body. It can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, control or lower cholesterol levels, keep the digestive system running smoothly and assist with diabetes management by lowering blood sugar.
Fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble, and neither form is digested by the body. Soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with liquid, slowing the digestion and regulating glucose absorption. It also lowers cholesterol and reduces risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Insoluble fiber passes through our bodies largely intact and helps food move more quickly through the stomach and intestines. It’s the kind of fiber that gives us that “full” feeling.
Oats, barley, nuts and seeds are good sources of soluble fiber; wheat bran, brown rice, vegetables and whole grains are good sources of insoluble fiber.
So which type of fiber should you focus on adding into your diet? Both.
Nutrition experts say the healthiest approach to fiber is to eat a variety of foods that contain fiber and not worry about which type of fiber you’re consuming. Ideally, adults should eat at least 30 grams of fiber daily. Van’s 8 Whole Grains, Lite and Organic waffles are a great start – with 6 grams of fiber per serving!