Understanding Insoluble Fiber

Understanding Insoluble Fiber

Understanding Insoluble Fiber

Most people know that fiber is important in the diet. What many do not know is there are two different types of fiber (soluble and insoluble) and the benefits they can offer.

What Is Insoluble Fiber?

Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as whole-wheat bread, seeds, vegetables, and in the skin of the fruit. This is the fiber that Fiber Gourmet foods are infused with, using an insoluble fiber-rich starch known as RS4.

How it Works

Insoluble fiber doesn’t go through the process of digestion like soluble fiber, and many other foods; therefore, it does not provide any calories to the body.

Instead, insoluble fiber passes straight through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. Regular starches contain calories because we digest them and use their glucose for energy. But since our bodies don't digest insoluble fiber, it doesn't directly give us energy and therefore its caloric value is slashed. 

What Are Its Benefits?

Insoluble fiber often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, as most people don’t know exactly how great this unique fiber is. Insoluble fiber has several important benefits:

Not only do insoluble fibers not add to the calorie count, but they can also be an excellent resource for helping to control weight after meals. Insoluble fiber triggers hormones that make you feel fuller, helping you to eat less.

An additional significant benefit of fiber is the role it plays in preventing constipation. Constipation is not just uncomfortable, but it may lead to hemorrhoids.

Lastly, studies show that insoluble fiber can help lower blood sugar, boost gut health and reduce cancer risk.

Fiber Rich Diet

One of the challenges that a lot of people face is adding the right amount of insoluble fiber to their diet. Fiber Gourmet is proud to bring you many healthy fiber-filled options to incorporate a good selection of fiber-filled foods into your diet.

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