So, I when I found this fabulous infographic entitled "How Fiber Works", I couldn't wait to share it!
In a very easy to understand and straightforward manner, this infographic illustrates and explains:
- The basic difference between soluble and insoluble fiber
- How, once soluble fiber is ingested and absorbs water, it turns into a gel-like substance which entraps food, sugar, cholesterol and fats in the stomach, slows their absorption into the body and carries them out through the digestive tract
- How insoluble fiber and psyllium moves through the system largely intact and helps to promote regularity
Examples of specific foods that contain soluble and insoluble fiber are also given:
Soluble Fiber is found in oats and oat bran, dried beans and peas, barley, flax seed, oranges, apples, carrots and psyllium husk.
Insoluble Fiber is found in whole-wheat products, wheat oat, corn bran, flax seed, green beans, cauliflower, potato skins, fruit skins and root vegetable skins.
I hope that this helps to explain how dietary fiber plays such a key role in weight loss, detox and optimal health and why so many leading scientists and nutritionists recommend a whole food, plant-based diet. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products do not contain any dietary fiber and have a tendency to remain (and "rot") in the colon.