The Two Types of Fiber
Dissolves in water and can help lower glucose levels as well as help lower blood cholesterol. Soluble fiber slows your body absorption of sugar aiding in blood sugar control and attaches itself to cholesterol particles to help take them out of your body, promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation
Foods with soluble fiber include oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples, and blueberries.
Does not dissolve in water and can help food move through your digestive system, promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation.
Insoluble fiber helps bulk up the foods you eat after they have been digested to aid in passing the eliminated waste, also relieving constipation but also helping you feel full and manage a healthy weight.
Foods with insoluble fibers include wheat, whole wheat bread, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.