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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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At what ratio should soluble and insoluble fibers be eaten?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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At what ratio should soluble and insoluble fibers be eaten?

Varies: This depends on what you are trying to achieve. In general insoluble fiber is taken to bulk and hopefully soften your stool if a tendency to get constipated is the reason you take it. There is no real therapeutic role for soluble fiber that I know of even though it can't hurt. It is assumed that the carb is less rapidly absorbed leading to a lower blood glucose level. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber and their benefits?

I was wondering what are the differences between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber and their benefits?

See below: Soluble fiber soaks up water and helps during diarrhea.
Insoluble fiber, not absorbed, increases intestinal transit time and helps with constipation. Increased transit helps elimination and prevents constipation and diverticular disease. ...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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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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Which foods contain the soluble fiber that is gud for IBS-d?

Which foods contain the soluble fiber that is gud for IBS-d?

Lots: Grains, e.g. oats, beans, pulses, legumes, e.g. lentils, fruits, e.g.apples, pears (flesh, not skin- but that fiber is ok too) ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 started taking soluble fiber for IBS. Should I take miralax as well?

I started taking soluble fiber for IBS. Should I take miralax as well?

NoIfMovingBowels: You don't need to take miralax if you are having regular Bowel Movements. But is still constipated you may ...Read more

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I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

Fiber?: The preparations of slippery elm bark powder I found are used for teas, and are calorie-free. With diverticulosis you need fiber - 50 grams daily for a man. Psyllium husk does give you some fiber; you can add it to fiber you get from other whole food sources. ...Read more

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What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

Both: Soluble fibre attracts water and helps keep stool soft. Insoluble fibre makes stool bulky and shortens transit time and helps evacuation. Both are good for different reasons. ...Read more

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I just had a partial nephrectomy. And now I have anal fissure, what is the best fiber to use? What is better soluble or insoluble fiber?

I just had a partial nephrectomy. And now I have anal fissure, what is the best fiber to use? What is better soluble or insoluble fiber?

Metamucil: I recommend metamucil or benafiber tablets. Alsu using a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) may help. If symptoms continue, see your primary care physician or surgeon. ...Read more

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What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

Xylitol: Is a sugar alcohol, or artificial sugar. It's not fiber. It acts as an osmotic laxative, but has significant side effects of bloating and gas. Look for citrucel or Metamucil. ...Read more

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Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Insoluble fiber: Produces more stool. Soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol. So both are beneficial. Time of day is irrelevant but best to spread out thru the waking hours. More important to prevent bloating, gas and constipation is adequate fluids: 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids is recommended. ...Read more

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I was told by a Gastroenterologist that soluble fiber would help my symptoms for IBS. Would Benefiber be a good choice? The kind you mix in drinks?

I was told by a Gastroenterologist that soluble fiber would help my symptoms for IBS. Would Benefiber be a good choice? The kind you mix in drinks?

Yes: Benefiber can be a good choice for obtaining more soluble fiber in the diet as an attempt to treat IBS. It is generally better to begin slowly and gradually increase the amount of fiber supplementation over the course of weeks to months. It is also important to increase your fluid intake when you increase your fiber. This works in some patients with IBS. Good luck. ...Read more

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Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools. Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools. Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Diarrhea: Loose stools are seldom the result of inadequate fiber. If these persist go and get evaluated. You also might just try a cup of Yogurt three times a day for a week or so. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

Good: Cereal is a good source of fibre as is oatmeal. Soluble or insoluble fibre must be accompanied by good fluid intake to be efficacious. ...Read more

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Is this a good product for someone with IBS MASON vitamins Soluble Fiber Chewable Tablets, 60 Count with probiotics?

Is this a good product for someone with IBS MASON vitamins Soluble Fiber Chewable Tablets, 60 Count with probiotics?

Maybe/Maybe not: If you have issues with constipation with your IBS and that's more prominent than issues with diarrhea then the fiber could be a good idea to try. The probiotics, however, have not been formally recommended for patients with IBS yet in the many studies that have been conducted. They have not pinned down what strains are best and therefore don't want to recommend them at this time. ...Read more

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What is the difference between soluable and insoluable fiber?

What is the difference between soluable and insoluable 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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2 Question. 1) The paleo diet says no beans/legumes. Why? & 2) If I abandon beans how do I get 20-25g per day of soluable fiber?

2 Question. 1) The paleo diet says no beans/legumes. Why? & 2) If I abandon beans how do I get 20-25g per day of soluable fiber?

Legumes are good: Hi. Beans/legumes are a very healthy diet component. The paleo diet is a fad, and no one says it's good for you (although there are no doubt components of it that are). It's ridiculous to eliminate beans/legumes from the diet, however, just to comply with the paleo fad. Eat healthily, exercise regularly, and don't smoke. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease. Would it help my loose stool if I take soluable fiber?

Yep!!!: Fiber is wonderful. And we don't get enough of it. Try it for a week or two, you'll probably stick with it... And feel better. ...Read more

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Can I take "skinny fiber" with the other medications I take?

Who knows?: The ingredients of skinny fiber are: glucomannan powder, caralluma powder, and cha da bugre. Not only do we not know what medications you're taking, there are surely no controlled trials looking for interactions with those unusual ingredients. You're on your own! Good luck. ...Read more

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Does small fiber neuropathy heal if it is caused by medication?

Does small fiber neuropathy heal if it is caused by medication?

Possibly: If this is the correct diagnosis is possible, but it may be a neuropathy caused by other issues and you need to have this clarified. If a medication reaction causes a problem after the medication is withdrawn often the problem will go away, but sometimes there are situations when it will persist. This is something you can ask your physician. ...Read more

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Does the fiber or anything else from orange juice affect how medications are absorbed in general?

Does the fiber or anything else from orange juice affect how medications are absorbed in general?

OJ and drugs: Orange juice enhances absorption of iron. Orange juice specifically decreases absorption of Acebutolol, Atenolol, Aliskiren, Ciprofloxacin, Fexofenadine, Levofloxacin, Levothyroxine, and Mentelukast. ...Read more

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Is there any other medication to treat fiber mialga and depression besides cimbalta?

Fibro/Depression/Rx: According to a well-designed research study, 34% of people with fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] are also depressed. That implies that 66% of fms are not depressed. Some authors have predicted that the depression in fms is caused by the pain but other evidence indicates that they are independent. Cymbalta [duloxetine] is the only drug which is separately fda-approved for both fms and for depression. ...Read more