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Soluble fiber foods
Fiber is an important part of the human diet. The human digestive system is a complicated system that is very long. The upper part of the digestive system is related to consumption. This part is less complicated. It allows the simple movement of food that has been chewed up into the stomach.
There are two types of dietary fiber. These are soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. The fiber that is completely inert to the digestive process is known as insoluble fiber. This fiber is pure bulk that makes up a portion of the food in the system. This bulk is useful for moving food through the system and eliminating constipation. The other type of dietary fiber is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber plays a role during the digestive process and is not inert. It is affected by the chemicals that interact in the digestive system. Soluble fiber has an important role in the regulation of components in the human body. Soluble fiber absorbs water during the digestive process. This makes it into a paste like substance. This paste passes through the digestive system and absorbs carbohydrates as it does so. This allows the body to reduce its absorption of carbohydrates and, therefore, its blood sugar levels. Without soluble fiber, most carbohydrate rich foods would cause extreme variations in the blood sugar levels of consumers. Apart from helping with the regulation of blood sugar, soluble fiber also helps to manage a person’s cholesterol level. The dangerous form of cholesterol, low density lipoprotein, is reduced by soluble fiber as this cholesterol may be absorbed by the fiber and passed out of the body. This is beneficial in the long run because studies have shown a direct link between low density lipoprotein and various cardiac illnesses. Soluble fiber also slows the process of digestion so that food is slowly absorbed over an extended period of time.
There are many different soluble fiber foods that can be used by people to improve their digestive performance. These include barley, oats, nuts, apples, oranges and carrots. It should be noted that most foods that contain soluble fiber also contain insoluble fiber which makes them ideal for the digestive process. The presence of both forms of fiber allows the body to regulate the various aspects of the digestive process effectively. Consuming soluble fiber foods will help with various long term conditions and will probably improve the health of an individual. It should be noted, however, that some soluble fiber foods promote the production of gas in the digestive system which may lead to some digestive discomfort.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|