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A 18-year-old male asked:

does fiber bind to fat?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
No ....: but it does have a favorable affect on fat metabolism. Soluble fiber--oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, strawberries, nuts, etc, etc--attracts water and forms a gel. This substance slows the rate at which digesting fat and sugar enter the blood stream, resulting in a steadier energy state. It reduces blood sugar spikes/crashes which can lead to hunger and overeating.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not really: Fiber and fat can be both in a food, and the fat will get digested and absorbed. Granola (as in breakfast cereal or granola bars) has both fat and fiber, and is high in calories from the fat (and the added sugar that manufacturers put in). The fat, sugar, carbs, and protein in granola all get digested and absorbed. The fiber that is not digestible passes through, and may cause gas on its way out.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there different type of dietary fibers?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: There are 2 types of fibers. The fruit type tend to be more soluble whereas bran, psyllium tends to be more insoluble fiber. Both can have effects on the GI tract.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How are soluble and insoluble fiber different?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Differ properties: Both are in diet. Sol dissolves in water- pectin in apples, jelly, gums in oatmeal, oat bran, insol doesn't- wheat bran. Both increase stool bulk (different mechanisms), shorten transit time in bowel, help constipation. Sol can bind dietary cholesterol, help lower blood levels chol. Both can bind h2o in bowel, make less watery stool in diarrhea. Both can cause gas, bloat, cramps in xs.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some easy and effective methods to get the fiber you need?

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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Eat Green: Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit is the best way to get the fiber you need - leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables & fruit like apples. Also flaxseed & psyllium are two excellent sources of additional fiber. You can buy ground flaxseed (store it in airtight container in your freezer since it can go rancid if exposed to air) and add a tablespoon to you cereals, salads, yogurts, shakes, anything!
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Great Answer! Wishing you'all the best.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is fiber a form of nutrient?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Fiber: Yes fiber is a source of nutrient and is a natural part of unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Eating these foods will add natural fiber to your diet.
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What foods have fiber ?

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Dr. Songul Atay
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Commensense: Most fresh fruits and vegetables have high fiber content.

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