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Doctor insights on: Dietary Fiber Vs Soluble Fiber

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Is soluble fiber the same as dietary fiber?

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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Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
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Dietary Fiber (Definition)

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 ...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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Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Yes ; no: Yes, fiber is fiber. But no, there's also soluble vs non-soluble fiber. More importantly, try to focus on eating enough of the right foods to get 25-36g/d as opposed to eating poorly ; then attempting to supplement w/fiber pills/mixes. Besides which, food tastes much better than pills ; powder. And eating enough fiber daily w/plenty of fluids ; physical activity will regulate bowel function. ...Read more

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more

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How are soluble and insoluble fiber different?

How are soluble and insoluble fiber different?

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. ...Read more

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R carrots high in soluble or insoluble fiber?

R carrots high in soluble or insoluble fiber?

Insoluable: Insoluable fiber - so your gut doesn't break them down much. They are a great source of fiber and and bulk to your diet, which is essential for a healthy gut. ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should a person with prediabetes consume soluble or insoluble fiber?

Should a person with prediabetes consume soluble or insoluble fiber?

Both: Soluable fiber helps with lowering cholesterol, insoluble helps with passing normal stools. These are both laudable goals... So eat it all. Oatmeal and almonds have both, so enjoy. ...Read more

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What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

See below: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are all sources of fiber. There is very little fiber in processed grains, filtered juices ( like apple or orange juice). Meat diary, fish and fowl have no fiber in them ...Read more

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What is the required daily intake of soluble and insoluble fiber?

What is the required daily intake of soluble and insoluble fiber?

About 25grams: 25 grams if you eat a good fiber cereal in morning you will get about 5 grams. Just a good healthy diet with fda recommended fruits and vegetables is sufficient for most would not spend a lot of money on supplements without good diet changes first. ...Read more

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Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Psyllium: The psyllium itself, should not aggravate gerd, but sometimes the flavorings that are used in different products are problematic. You're going to have to try different flavors to see what you tolerate the best. ...Read more

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Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Yes it can: Although the amount of lowering is not that much. If your lipid levels are borderline, this can help, but if very high, you won't get a low enough value to avoid other therapies. ...Read more

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Does anti-diarrhea medicine act similarly to dietary fiber? Would a soluble fiber supplement be as effective?

Does anti-diarrhea medicine act similarly to dietary fiber? Would a soluble fiber supplement be as effective?

No: Most antidiarrheals do not provide fiber in the diet. A water soluble fiber supplement would make the stool less watery but might not decrease the frequency of the stool. Immodium, should decrease the frequency of the stool. ...Read more

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Is 5,250 mg of potassium daily from dietary intake too much??

Is 5,250 mg of potassium daily from dietary intake too much??

How much K: A recommended daily K intake if otherwise healthy is 4,700 mg K. So this seems like too much. It will depend on your BMI as well. First you need to find out why you need this much. Either you are losing it in your sweat, stool, vomit or saliva or peeing out in urine. Ask your Dr to test the Na and K in your urine as a start. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

You got it backwards: Fruits and veggies are NOT simple carbohydrates! Simple carbohydrates are sugars and foods that easily break down into sugars,such as white flour,white rice, potatoes and juices.These readily raise our blood sugar, which is unhealthy.Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains,most vegetables and fruits and generally contain fiber. These raise blood sugar less. See http://tinyurl.com/y8f4cagu ...Read more