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What are the theories that explain the effects of the different types of dietary fibre in the body?

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Discuss the theories that explain the effects of the different types of dietary fibre in the body.

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Fiber is a hot topic right now in both nutrition and medical arenas. Here is some background information for you regarding the different theories about the effects of fiber on the body.

Fiber is the indigestible carbohydrate found in plant cell walls. There are two main types of dietary fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber is effective at increasing your feeling of fullness, stool size and bulk and helps reduce constipation and hemorrhoids. Insoluble fiber includes wheat bran, whole cereal grains and vegetables. Researchers have suggested that insoluble fibers may reduce colon cancer and diverticulosis.

Soluble fiber forms a gelatin-like substance in the intestines and increases the water content in stool. Soluble fiber is found in citrus fruit, legumes (dried beans and peas), oats, barley and "gums" which are found in oatmeal and dried beans. Researchers have suggested that soluble fiber decreases blood cholesterol ...

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This solution discusses insoluble and soluble dietary fibre, what foods they are found and and what affects they have on our health in 619 words.

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