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Soluble vs. insoluble fiber


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Insoluble vs. soluble fiber

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Question:
Is the fiber in peas, beans, or apples the same as the fiber in whole wheat bread?

Answer:
No. Peas, beans, and apples contain soluble fiber, which slows digestion and helps the body absorb nutrients from food. The bran found in whole wheat bread is an insoluble fiber, which helps foods pass through the stomach and intestines and adds bulk to the stool. Both types of fiber are valuable in preventing disease. See fiber .

Update Date: 1/6/2003

A.D.A.M. editorial. Previous review: Monica Zangwill, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (2/1/2001).

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