Making Friends with Fiber: Fiber is a great food friend, because it helps keep your body’s system clean and running in tip-top shape. It also helps prevent a lot of different symptoms and diseases like constipation and cancer.
What is Fiber?
Fiber is in a class all by itself. It is a natural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that is found in the skin, seeds, pulp, and other parts of the plant. The body does not digest fiber; instead, the fiber has essential processes to take care of in your body. There are two types of Fiber:
Soluble Fiber: can help lower your total ‘bad’ cholesterol. It can also help trap special salts and cholesterol and carry them out of the body.
Foods that have soluble fiber: Dried Beans, Oat Bran, Carrots, Oranges, and Apples.
Insoluble Fiber: passes through your intestines almost completely intact. This helps move bulk stool through your intestines and can prevent constipation. It also controls and balances the acid in your intestines and removes toxic waste, which can help prevent colon cancer.
Foods that have insoluble fiber: Spinach, Kale, Green Beans, Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips, Wheat, Corn, and Seeds.
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