We all know fiber is important, but let’s dig a bit deeper into what it is and does!⠀

There are two main types of fiber:⠀
1. soluble fiber – absorbs water and becomes gel like⠀
2. insoluble fiber – does not absorb water and is not digested by the body⠀

Both types of fiber are important for digestion!⠀

Soluble fiber, found in legumes, fruit and vegetables, slows down the rate at which nutrients are broken down and absorbed, including carbs, stopping your blood sugar from spiking. ⠀

Soluble fiber also prevents some dietary cholesterol from being digested, lowering the risk of developing heart disease and hypertension. While our body can’t digest soluble fiber, the bacteria in our gut breaks it down releasing a few calories.⠀

Insoluble fiber, found highest in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, increases the volume of content in your digestive system resulting in faster transit time and promoting regularity. ⠀

Insoluble fiber is fermented by the bacteria in our gut, promoting growth of good bacteria. ⠀

All fruit, vegetable, grain, and nuts/seeds will contain some amount of either or both fiber types. Both types of fiber are necessary in your diet and both will keep you feeling full longer.