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Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
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Dietary Fiber (Overview)

Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the stool and promote regularity.


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Where can I get dietary fiber from?

Where can I get dietary fiber from?

These: Soluble fibre: peas, soybeans, oats, rye, chia, barley, prunes, plums, avocados, berries, ripe bananas, skin of apples, quinces, pears, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and onions
insoluble fiber: whole grain wheat, corn, bran, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, potato skins, green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, celery, and nopal,
avocado, unripe bananas, skins of kiwi, grapes and tomatoes. ...Read more

Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
164 Doctors shared insights

Dietary Fiber (Overview)

Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the stool and promote regularity.


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What are some sources of dietary fiber?

What are some sources of dietary fiber?

See below: Fruits, vegetables. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and whole grains are sources of dietary fiber. Milk dairy, cheese, meat, fish and poultry have no dietary fiber. ...Read more

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What does dietary fiber do in the body?

What does dietary fiber do in the body?

Fiber is good 4 you: Fiber, of both water soluble and water insoluble variety, provides health benefits. Fiber accelerates how quickly food transits through the gut. Fiber adds bulk to stool and improves bowel regularity. Fiber can be used as an adjunct to weight loss by filling you up without excess calories, and in so doing restricting fat intake. But too much fiber can make you gassy and increase stool volume. ...Read more

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How can dietary fiber be added to the diet?

How can dietary fiber be added to the diet?

See below: Fruits, vegetables. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and whole grains are sources of dietary fiber. Milk dairy, cheese, meat, fish and poultry have no dietary fiber. Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to add more dietary fiber to your diet. Beans are also high in fiber and consider a serving of beans. ...Read more

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What amount dietary fiber is in a ciggarette?

What amount dietary fiber is in a ciggarette?

It depends...: ...on how many "ciggarettes" you eat in a day. Tobacco is one of the five Texas food groups, the other four being sugar, salt, fat and alcohol. I've lived in Houston so I know whereof I speak. ...Read more

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How to get dietary fiber other than from vegetables?

How to get dietary fiber other than from vegetables?

Whole grains.: Whole grain breads and breakfast cereals can help. Fruits like blueberries, apples and cranberries. ...Read more

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What are some examples of food sources of dietary fiber?

Complex question: In general, plant foods contain fiber (so vegetables, legumes, whole fruits, grains). There are different types of fiber, and loads of charts on the internet that review the types of fibers in different food sources. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dietary fiber?

Indigestible Plant: Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the stool and promote regularity. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber protect us from the harmful effects of fats?

Can dietary fiber protect us from the harmful effects of fats?

Two possibilities: There are two schools of thought: dietary fiber acts like a microscopic sponge. As such it 1) absorbs or binds to dietary fat preventing it from getting absorbed in our intestines, and, 2) dietary fat absorbs water keeping our bowel movements soft, which quickens the transit time so that fat is out of our intestines faster. ...Read more

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Is there an easy way to get the daily amount of dietary fiber?

Is there an easy way to get the daily amount of dietary fiber?

These: Soluble fibre: peas, soybeans, oats, rye, chia, barley, prunes, plums, avocados, berries, ripe bananas, skin of apples, quinces, pears, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and onions
insoluble fiber: whole grain wheat, corn, bran, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, potato skins, green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, celery, and nopal,
avocado, unripe bananas, skins of kiwi, grapes and tomatoes. ...Read more

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I was eating something and on the back it said it had 7% dietary fiber? .What does that evenmean?

I was eating something and on the back it said it had 7% dietary fiber? .What does that evenmean?

Non-digestible stuff: In the many things (esp. Above ground vegetables) which humans have long eaten, still poorly understood, routinely removed/destroyed by industrial food processing, yet important for Long-Term health, many areas/issues. For some research see: https://scholar. Google. Com/scholar? &q=Dietary+Fiber. Realize medicine=lo-tech; Humans=Hi-Tech. Med. Ind. Focus: http://goo. Gl/Blh6rW & https://goo. Gl/xZ9qcP. ...Read more

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Is soluble fiber the same as dietary fiber?

There is soluble: Fiber and there is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is more likely to be roughage in the diet. Soluble fiber will tend to absorb toxic substances in the body and retain them to remove those substances in the intestinal tract. Soluble fiber will lower her cholesterol and lower toxic load. Insoluble fiber will provide the roughage to facilitate bowel movements. ...Read more

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Are dietary fiber and soluble fiber the same thing?

Read below: Dietary fiber may include soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as oatmeal soaks up fluid and slows down transit in the intestinal tract (good in diarrhea). Insoluble fiber such as the peel of an apple, is poorly digested and draws fluids into the intestinal tract and speeds up transit of stool (good in constipation) ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between dietary fiber and soluble fiber?

Please advise what is the difference between dietary fiber and soluble fiber?

See below: dietary fiber is consisted of insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber- increases the flow of the stool through the intestines and speeds things up. Soluble fiber- as in oatmeal, does the opposite. Soluble fiber is used when you have diarrhea, since it absorbs water and makes the stool firmer. Insoluble fiber is used in constipation to help with bowel movements. ...Read more

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I see that benifiber has on 5gs of dietary fiber per 2 tsb, how much of this do I need a day?

I see that benifiber has on 5gs of dietary fiber per 2 tsb, how much of this do I need a day?

24 grams plus: You need a lot more fiber than that - but it is suppose to supplement - Please note that five servings of fruits and vegetables are an important part of your diet. One serving of vegetables is about half a cup. Add some whole apples, whole oranges, as well as some leafy green vegetables (brocoli, bok choi, asparagus, green beans) to your diet. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber speed up or slow down your metabolism?

Speeds up: Dietary fiber speeds up metabolism it tends to decrease total calorie intake by filling space and feeling full. ...Read more

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How can one get dietary "fiber" from a psyllium that mixes with water?

How can one get dietary "fiber" from a psyllium that mixes with water?

It is still there: When you mix the psyllium in water, it is still there, same as when you add sugar to your coffee--it dissolves in the coffee, but it is still there. Also, it would be difficult to consume dry psyllium powder/husk. So, drink you fibers to good health. Any concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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A reasonable and recommended goal for daily dietary fiber intake is how many grams?

A reasonable and recommended goal for daily dietary fiber intake is how many grams?

Fiber recommendations.: It is recommended that both children and adults need at least 20 to 30 g of fiber per day for good digestive health. Most americans actually only get about 15 g per day. Natural sources are the best. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "fiber" and "dietary fiber" and "carbs" and "net carbs"?

What is the difference between "fiber" and "dietary fiber" and "carbs" and "net carbs"?

Several!: It is good self-nutritional support to know these points! First, carbs are all carbohydrates, including sugar and fiber. Usually, the non-sugar carbs, after subtracting fiber, are starch. Net carbs are total carbs, minus fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Some foods may contain sugar alcohols, which have little impact on Insulin secretion, and therefore, do not act like carbs. ...Read more

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How come boys have higher dietary fiber intake than girls?

Based on calories: The difference is because the rda is based on 14gm fiber/1000 calorie intake hence rda for women 25 gm, men 38 gm. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber cause a rise in blood sugar levels?

Can dietary fiber cause a rise in blood sugar levels?

Not by itself: Dietary fiber itself won't raise blood sugar however fiber supplements may have flavor and sugar to make more palatable. ...Read more

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Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Can dietary fiber help prevent cancer or improve cancer survival?

Fiber and Life: Fiber has been shown to prevent colon cancer. It has not been shown to improve cancer survival. You would need to eat about 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day to obtain the preventive qualities of the fiber, and you need to do this long-term. ...Read more

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What is a reasonable goal for dietary fiber intake for a 1400-1700 calorie diet?

What is a reasonable goal for dietary fiber intake for a 1400-1700 calorie diet?

20 - 30 grams: Eat 20 to 30 grams of fiber each day for maximum health and even weight loss when eating a 1400 to 1700 cals per day diet. ...Read more

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Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Net: Net carbs. My advice on atkins s to stay away form franken-foods like atkins bars or atkins muffins. Eat real foot as close to natural state as possible. ...Read more

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Which part of the grain contains most of the vitamins, proteins and dietary fiber?

Which part of the grain contains most of the vitamins, proteins and dietary fiber?

The outside fiber: The outside of the grain is where most of the fiber is found. When it is removed in processing, the fiber is removed. The difference between brown rice and white rice- is the outer coating, where the fiber is found. ...Read more

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I read certain food (soy protein/walnuts/dietary fiber) can affect Synthroid (thyroxine) meds. How long need to wait before eating these after taking pill?

I read certain food (soy protein/walnuts/dietary fiber) can affect Synthroid (thyroxine) meds. How long need to wait before eating these after taking pill?

That's silly: Forgive my frankness. This is news to me after 40 years in medicine and I traced it to a phony "natural healing" doctor-bashing scare website. You do best to take thyroid hormone replacement on an empty stomach and waiting a while maybe 30 minutes before eating, but you were probably told that when it was prescribed. It's of minor importance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there different type of dietary fibers?

Are there different type of dietary fibers?

Soluble, insoluble: Soluble fiber as in oatmeal, sops up water and makes your stool firmer. Its great when you have diarrhea to make a firmer stool. Insoluble fiber is not absorbed and leads to more frequent stooling. Its best used when you are constipated and need to go to the bathroom more often. ...Read more